Roanoke Rapids High School senior Connor Johnson has been named a Goodnight Scholar. He plans to major in Biological Science with a Human Biology Concentration at North Carolina State University. Additionally, he plans to pursue his master's degree in biology from NCSU prior to attending medical school.
Connor is a member of the RRHS Golf team and was at a golf match when he got the call this week. "I was shocked, but I am grateful for this opportunity, and ready to work hard in college. As a Goodnight Scholar, I plan to use this opportunity to do research on neurodegenerative disorders and psychedelics. I also hope to bring the program to Roanoke Rapids to educate our youth about the STEM field. My parents are very excited for me. My mom immediately started crying," Johnson said. Connor is the son of Allen and Christy Johnson of Roanoke Rapids.
The Goodnight Scholars Program, established in 2008 and funded by a gift from Dr. Jim and Ann Goodnight, began with 25 scholars. Since then, it has grown into a comprehensive student development program designed to develop scholars into leaders within the STEM and/or education fields.
The value of the scholarship is $22, 000 and is renewable for up to four years. In addition to the scholarship, Goodnight Scholars have access to an assortment of developmental programming focused on their professional and personal growth.