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Annual Celebration Brings Donors and Scholarship Recipients Together

Three scholarship students pose with Mrs. Wuf

This spring donors and the students they support gathered to celebrate the power of philanthropy at the 2024 Trailblazing Donor Appreciation Brunch. 

The interactive event held at the Dail Club at Carter Finley Stadium featured just a few of the many hands-on experiences students gain throughout their time in the College of Natural Resources.

While connecting with fellow donors and students, event attendees had the opportunity to follow a “trail map” that led to different stations showcasing student research, study abroad, student life and internships. Each station was staffed by scholarship students eager to share their experiences with donors. The Forestry Club had a special station that included backyard ax throwing and forestry display items.  

While speaking at the event, Allison Market, student body president and senior majoring in natural resources with a concentration in policy and administration, said:

“Throughout my journey here at NC State, the College of Natural Resources has been more than just a place of education—it’s been a nurturing environment that has truly shaped who I am today.

CNR has empowered me to be successful in so many ways. Thanks to the support of generous donors like yourselves, I have the opportunity to participate in an enriching study abroad experience in Sweden this summer where I’ll be studying sustainable natural resource use. Your philanthropic contributions make these experiential learning opportunities possible, empowering students like me to explore, learn and grow beyond the classroom.

I am truly grateful for the ways in which CNR and its supporters have empowered me to succeed, and I’m excited to see the impact we can make together.” 

In the College of Natural Resources, 47% of students have financial need. With donor support, the college provides $1M+ in scholarships annually. 

Also speaking at the event, Dean Myron Floyd, shared:

“In the College of Natural Resources, the planet is our classroom. (Our students) explore our planet as a living lab through research, internships, study abroad, student organizations, and more. 

These experiences not only equip our students with the skills they need to graduate career-ready, but also empower them to go out into the world to protect the planet, enhance our communities, and advance our industries. 

Our graduates are highly sought after because of the practical, hands-on education they receive in the College of Natural Resources. Scholarships, in particular, play a crucial role in opening doors for our students, often making it possible for them to attend NC State and go on to tackle the urgent challenges facing our planet.

Without our donors, the College of Natural Resources would not be able to fulfill its mission of providing inclusive and innovative education, research and engagement. Thank you for being pioneers with the foresight to pave new paths for our students. Without you, our students would not have these unique opportunities or access to critical experiences that shape them as learners and future leaders.”

Check Out Some Highlights From the Event

Dean Myron Floyd addresses students and donors at the 2024 Trailblazing Donor Appreciation Brunch.
Allison Market speaking at podium
Student body president, Allison Market, shares her experience in the College of Natural Resources.