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Application Closing Soon for 2022 Agroecology Scholars Program in Research and Extension (ASPIRE)

Pathways to CALS


Our crop and soil academic programs are meant to serve our agricultural communities. We are improving access for rural students through the ASPIRE program that is for high school sophomores and juniors in rural North Carolina counties that offers ACT test preparation at a low cost.


We want to hear about great students. Through our Nominate a Student program we collect nominations from you, as well as self-nominations from students to learn about their interest in CALS.


STEAM Spring Connect is one of our pathways to CALS and is by invitation only. Spring Connect students begin their NC State coursework the spring semester of their first year in college. During the fall semester, they can choose to pursue community college classes, work, pursue an internship, or even a personal enrichment activity.


PackTrac is a transfer pathway partnership between North Carolina community colleges and CALS for students interested in certain agriculture majors.

Click on the video below to learn more.

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Laughinghouse Scholarship

Agronomy Full Ride Scholarship

NC State University’s Crop and Soil Sciences Department, part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has exciting news about the first full-ride scholarship in agronomy. This gift from Connie and Durwood Laughinghouse is another step forward in improving access to education for

Many students, especially from rural counties depend on financial assistance to attend NC State University. The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences awards over $150,000 per year through more than 40 scholarships. The Laughinghouse Scholarship is our only opportunity to provide a full-ride for any student with a heart for agriculture. The scholarship will be available to a rising sophomore majoring in agronomy – tuition, expenses including internships, study abroad, and more and is open to current and transfer students.

Click on the video below to learn more.

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