Leader of the Pack


The Leader of the Pack Program recognizes students who make outstanding contributions to NC State in the areas of leadership, scholarship and community service. Finalists for the honor are selected based on a combination of written essays on their leadership and service experience, co-curricular involvement, a personal interview, grade point average, and a student-body vote.  The Leader of the Pack finalists will be recognized at the Homecoming football game on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The Leader of the Pack scholarship recipient will receive a $3,000 scholarship and a class ring.


  • Completed two semesters at NC State at the time of application
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at NC State
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Free from academic integrity probation and any previous or current disciplinary probation

Award Information

  • Participate in the Homecoming Parade/Pep Rally
  • Receive three tickets and Parking Pass to the NC State vs. Florida State football game
  • Be recognized at half-time and attend the Chancellor’s reception during the Homecoming Football Game

  • Grade point average
  • Demonstrated leadership in co-curricular and community engagement activities, which will be assessed through a series of essay questions to be evaluated by NC State faculty, staff, and students
  • Based on a pre-determined application scoring process, the applicant pool will be narrowed to 12 semi-finalists
  • A panel comprised of university faculty, administrators, and student leaders will interview each of the semi-finalists and select six finalists
  • The six finalists will be posted online and voted on by the student body
  • The total number of votes from the student body and scores from the interview and application processes, will determine the student who will be designated ‘The Leader of the Pack’

  • Applications should follow the outline form attached to this document
  • Part One– Complete ‘demographic information’ section
  • Part Two – Two 200-word essays describing a) a time when your actions did not match your personal values and b) your commitment to service in a specific community or organization at NC State
  • Part Three – A 750-word essay expanding on an area in which you have provided leadership to create, and support an inclusive NC State campus community where all members of the community feel welcomed, valued, and respected
  • Please submit your completed application by the deadline (late applications will NOT be accepted)


Please email LeaderOfThePack@ncsu.edu with any questions!

Past Recipients

Fall 2018 – Malasia Mcclendon

Fall 2017 – Victor Eduardo

Fall 2016 – Kati Scruggs

Fall 2015 – Mikayla Raleigh

Fall 2014 – Ashley Eli

Fall 2013 – Austin Bath

Fall 2012 – Rusty Mau

Fall 2011 – Alan Sheridan & Michelle Philllips

Fall 2010 – Sam Dennis & Chandler Thompson

Fall 2009 – Taylor Massey & Nicole Machado-Alvarez

Fall 2008 – Elise Bullard & Matthew Avery

Fall 2007 – Anna Patton & Nicholas Schultz

Fall 2006 – Paul Carruth & Casey Coats

Fall 2005 – Nancy Zagbayou & Mark A. Clapp

Fall 2004 – Erin Welch & Robby Moorefield

Fall 2003 – Sarah King & Mital Patel

Fall 2002 – Andrea Hernandez & Tony Caravano