The Caldwell Fellows represents the merging of NC State’s most long-lived scholarship and comprehensive leadership-development program for undergraduates. Throughout program history, the ability to fund students’ education and professional development has been enabled largely by generous contributions from alumni, family and friends. The original endowments for these merit awards, in the spirit of a land grant university, derive from the grassroots efforts of visionary alumni and friends who planted the program’s financial seeds. In the intervening decades, continuing and new gifts to The Caldwell Fellows program, managed by the NC State Alumni Association, have expanded its breadth and impact.
There are countless ways to support The Caldwell Fellows program and its students, which are listed below. While endowment-level gifts of $200,000 and more have sustained the program for decades, contributions anywhere from $20 to $20,000 also add up to significant support. During these tough economic times, no gift is too small or too large, and in-kind donations are equally appreciated.
If you would like to discuss the nature of your gift and your options, or how to ensure matching gift credit (if applicable), please contact Dr. Janice Odom, Director of The Caldwell Fellows Program, at (919) 515-3837.
To Make Gifts
Checks may be written to the NCSU Alumni Association with the specific fund (see fund options below) in the “for ” line. Mail to:
NCSU Box 7121
Raleigh, NC 27695-7121.
To make a gift online, please visit the Online Giving Form. Be sure to select “University Gifts” and “Caldwell Fellows Fund.” Online donations go towards general program support (designated fund gifts cannot be made online).
Your Gift Will Support:
The NC Fellows Endowment Fund
Establishing far more than an academic scholarship
The Caldwell Fellows program is a robust and vigorous program of experiential education in servant-leadership, service-learning and, especially timely, global citizenship. In 1982, a group of alumni established the NC Fellows Endowment Fund to grow and support these activities. Additional funds were contributed at the retirement of Gerald Hawkins, Director Emeritus, in 2002. Gifts to The NC Fellows Endowment Fund support a wide range of enrichment experiences integral to the program:
- -International cultural immersion
- -Service-learning initiatives
- -Advanced-leadership training for juniors and seniors at the Center for Creative Leadership
- -Professional-development opportunities
- -Class and program-wide retreats for personal growth and community building
- -Monthly Caldwell Dinner seminars on timely issues of leadership and social change
The Mark Wagoner Fund
Ensuring continuation of The Caldwell Fellows Wilderness Experience
Spending extended time in majestic wilderness areas, experiencing the challenge of life outside one’s comfort zone, drawing on group support and learning to develop one’s inner resources are all components of The Caldwell Fellows Wilderness Experience. Students for two decades have marked their Caldwell Fellows experience with a 10-day wilderness adventure under the treasured mentoring of Dr. Jerry Barker, director of the NC State Student Health Center, and a cadre of skilled alumni.
Following his 1994 graduation, Caldwell Fellow Mark Wagoner mentored many younger Fellows through his service as a co-leader for the Wilderness Experience. His untimely death in 2003, while en route to a personal wilderness expedition in Alaska, prompted alumni and friends to establish financial support for the Caldwell Fellows Wilderness Experience.
The SATELLITE Fund
Supporting youth development in science and technology
The SATELLITE (Science And Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership In Tomorrow’s Endeavors) summer program on NC State’s campus was created by Caldwell Fellows Rick Jackson ’97 and Jennifer Lin ’98 in the late 1990s to introduce students from rural North Carolina high schools to science and technology. The aim of SATELLITE is to give students from under-funded school systems exposure to resources, ideas and opportunities that their schools may be unable to provide, such as scientific demonstrations and hands-on laboratory experiments. Every year, students leading SATELLITE are charged with the task of raising nearly $10,000 to cover operational costs of the camp. Your gift can help make this meaningful experience possible for both the planners and the participants.
The Suzanne S. Gordon Service Learning Fund
Expanding the reach of our leadership laboratories
The Gordon Service Learning fund provides resources for the community projects in which the Caldwell Fellows students participate during their time in the program. The fund broadens the ability of Caldwell fellows to establish and develop new programming initiatives within these various organizations. See our Servant Leaders page for more information about these affiliate programs and partners.
Providing tangible support across the program
In recent years, program friends and alumni have donated retreat sites at no cost and pro bono design and other professional services to the program. If you have goods or services that you believe can help the program, please contact us to discuss your thoughts.