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Caldwell Fellows Program

We develop the next generation of self-aware, globally-minded humans who engage in creative, conscientious leadership.

A legacy of creative leadership.

Building on the legacy of NC State Chancellor John T. Caldwell, the Caldwell Fellows program invests in students selected during their first year at NC State who share a passion for learning, growing, and serving others. The Caldwell Fellows program challenges scholars to “Think BIG” and facilitates the goal of maximizing the college experience by providing intensive programming and leadership training and fostering collaborative interaction with alumni, faculty, and community partners.

“You just don’t know how magnificent you might be. Think big! Think big about your possibilities in this world.”

John T. Caldwell

Former NC State Chancellor, 1959-1975

Fellows in DC

Our guiding values

Servant leadership

Principled reflection

Personal development

Rigorous integrity

Academic excellence

We strive toward these values by engaging in a continuous process of hands-on learning involving active engagement, personal reflection, meaningful feedback, and active listening.

We are grateful for the generosity of the Higdon Family and their support of the vital servant-leadership development work of the Caldwell Fellows program through their endowment in honor of John O. and Mary E. Higdon. Learn more about this wonderful gift at
Our September Dinner Seminar featured small group conversations around values and civil discourse. We were thrilled to be joined by, executive director of @livingroomconvo, and the ever-fantastic Dr. Reshunda Mahone, AVC for alumni engagement and annual giving.
Join us in celebrating the philanthropic efforts of our friends. David and Martha Howard are exemplars of the giving mindset that makes Caldwell Fellows possible! Learn more about their sustained commitment to our program at the link below.
Taking the shark by the horns (metaphorically) this school year! (no sharks were harmed in the making of this post.)
Dr. Odom is getting the new year started strong! #sharkweek #ThinkAndDo

Learn more about us and the application process by watching this short informational video.