NC State officially launched the Community College Collaboration (C3) program, designed to help students enrolled in community colleges join NC State, in fall of 2018. The program recently received a $1,064,000 commitment over three years from the GlaxoSmithKline foundation. NC State decided to partner with the foundation because of its interest in helping people from low-income backgrounds receive degrees in STEM fields.
Holly Cowfer, assistant director of C3, said over half the money will go toward STEM scholarships, adding that each scholarship is valued around $5,000 and each is renewable each semester. The rest of the money will be used to help faculty and staff.