NCSSM earns $1 million gift from science foundation

Posted on 03/13/15 No Comments

Winning video entry by NCSSM for the North Carolina Spaces for Innovation Challenge


The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) was the first high school of its kind in the nation.

Because of its success in challenging students to meet the demands of a highly rigorous STEM curriculum, long before STEM was a buzzword, several states founded similar institutions. Eventually, NCSSM was a founding member of The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools.

NCSSM is open to public school students in every one of North Carolina’s 100 counties and was recently made part of the University of North Carolina system. Granted, there is a strict admissions process based heavily on academic performance. However, socio-economic factors are also strong factors for an applicant’s considerations. Many of the graduates matriculate into college as sophomores, conduct graduate level research on everything from cancer growth to black holes. They also enter and often win the country’s most prestigious high school science competitions, like the Siemens-Westinghouse Competition and Intel Science Talent Search. Scholarships range well into the six figures for these events.

This week, it was announced that NCSSM was the recipient of a $1 million gift by the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, which also gave that amount to the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

North Carolina, and the Triangle, is very proud to have within its borders one of the nation’s very best high schools. In fact, it’s students are often highly recruited to places like MIT, Cal-Tech, Harvey Mudd College, University of Chicago, and Stanford, as well as each of the Ivy Leagues. Naturally, the Triangle’s colleges are frequent choices of NCSSM graduates.

Congratulations on the recent gift.

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