In late August, Park Scholarships will mail a packet of materials to each school on the Endorsing Schools List. Counselors at these schools should endorse up to two candidates for the Park Scholarships by October 1. Counselors at high schools not on the Endorsing Schools List should encourage highly qualified students to self-endorse. All candidates have until November 1 to submit the required materials.
Who are the best candidates?
Successful candidates have demonstrated success or show potential on the selection criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Candidates who have excellent academic records but do not excel in the areas of leadership, service, or character may not be the best candidates to endorse.
How do I endorse a student?
At many endorsing high schools, counselors work with a scholarship committee to select their school’s candidates. We suggest counselors ask students to provide a resume, a one-page essay with examples of how they meet the selection criteria, and the names of references they might use. Based on the scholarship committee’s decision, counselors then endorse students online using NC State’s wolfPAW system. Remember, school endorsements are due October 1 so that candidates have time to work on their required materials. Self Endorsement: Students who do not receive your school’s endorsement but are as competitive as the endorsed candidates are welcome to self-endorse by October 25.