About Us

The University Fellowships Office (UFO) (formerly known as Fellowship Advising Office (FAO) helps NC State’s undergraduate students, graduate students, and alums learn of and apply for nationally competitive and prestigious awards. These awards fund a wide range of opportunities, and many are connected to undergraduate and graduate degree programs or internships, overseas opportunities, and independent projects.

Some of our services include:

  • meeting with candidates to discuss their goals and interests and to help identify matching opportunities
  • reviewing and critiquing drafts of application essays and statements
  • providing institutional endorsements for applicants who receive the campus nomination (for the awards that require nominations/endorsements)
  • submitting application materials at the national level on behalf of applicants
  • staging practice interviews for applicants selected at the national level for finalist interviews

Feel free to browse our website for awards that fit your goals and interests.


Meet Our Staff


Courtney Hughes, Director

Courtney Hughes, originally from Pennsylvania, joined NC State in January 2019. Prior to that, she worked at New College of Florida for over ten years as in fellowship advising, student success, and career development.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Gettysburg College, a master’s degree in nonprofit management for University of Central Florida, and recently began working towards her doctorate in higher education administration at UNC Wilmington. 


Dr. Kristen Hetrick, Advisor

Kristen Hetrick is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and started at NC State in August, 2020. After receiving her B.A. at Washington & Jefferson College and her M.A. at the University of Cincinnati, Kristen spent at year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Jena, Germany. She then earned her Ph.D in Germanic Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. Prior to coming to NC State, Kristen spent nine years as a faculty member at Doane University, where she also advised fellowship applicants.


Ashley Morris, Coordinator

Ashley Morris, originally from New Bern, NC joined NC State in January 2020. She previously worked at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC as a graduate advisor for Student Organizations and Programs while earning her M.A in Higher Education Administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also hold a B.A in Social Work from North Carolina State University. Ashley has spent over six years working in college access, student engagement, student success and more.