Leader of the Pack

Minh-Thu Dinh, Leader of the Pack recipient in 2022, celebrates with her parents on the football field at Carter-Finley Stadium at halftime to receive the award and be recognized.

What is Leader of the Pack?

The Leader of the Pack program honors and recognizes students for outstanding contributions in leadership, scholarship, and service. This program has long been a tradition on campus, dating back to the 1990s. While originally known as the Homecoming King and Queen Competition, the award transitioned to a more inclusive and equitable process—removing the gendered structure and focusing on scholarship, leadership, a commitment to creating an inclusive campus community, and service to the campus and broader community. Six students will be recognized as finalists and the Leader of the Pack will be named at halftime of the Red and White Week game on Saturday, November 5, 2022.

2022 Leader of the Pack Finalists

The 6 finalists for the 2022 Leader of the Pack have been selected. Congratulations to our finalists who are listed below alphabetically:

Student Body Voting: 10/26-10/27

Now that the 6 Leader of the Pack Finalists have been selected, all students will have the opportunity to vote for the 2022 Leader of the Pack recipient. Voting will begin at 8:00am on October 26th and will conclude at 8:00pm on October 27th. Students can vote at getinvolved.ncsu.edu during the voting period. Students will need to enter their Unity ID and password.

  • Six finalists will receive a ticket to the NC State vs. Wake Forest University football game on Saturday, November 5, 2022. Finalists will be recognized at halftime and attend the Chancellor’s pre-game reception during the Homecoming Football Game on Saturday, November 5, 2022
  • The student finalist with the highest GPA will receive a $250 gift certificate from the NC State Bookstores.
  • The student designated as ‘The Leader of the Pack’ will also receive a $3,000 scholarship (to be applied during the Fall 2022 semester) and a class ring.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the Leader of the Pack scholarship:

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

The process is cumulative and consists of multiple parts. Each qualified applicant will be evaluated on the following: 

  • Cumulative Grade point average 
  • Demonstrated leadership in co-curricular and community engagement 
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive campus community
  • Academic and conduct record check
  • Virtual interview/engagement with a panel of university stakeholders

September 28, 2022Application opens
October 12, 2022Application closes
October 14, 2022Semi-finalists selected
October 19, 2022Deadline for semi-finalist video submissions
October 21, 20226 finalists selected
October 24 & 25, 2022Finalist headshots
October 26 & 27, 2022Student body voting
October 28, 2022Finalist meeting (3PM – Student Involvement Center)
November 4, 2022Finalists honored at Friday Night Floats (7 PM- Brickyard)
November 5, 2022Leader of the Pack award recipient announced at Red & White Week Football Game

Questions and Concerns

Please contact our office at leaderofthepack@ncsu.edu with subject line “Leader of the Pack.”