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The Application Process

How do I apply for the Park Scholarships?

Apply for undergraduate admission to NC State using the online wolfPAW system. To access the Park Scholarships application supplement, you must either be endorsed by your high school or you must self-endorse.

Who is eligible to apply for the Park Scholarships?

To be eligible for the Park Scholarships, candidates must be United States citizens (permanent residents are not eligible) and be applying for fall, freshman admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State.

Can I be considered for the Park Scholarships even if I am not endorsed by my high school?

Yes. If you meet the selection criteria but do not attend a high school on the endorsing list, you may self-endorse. Outstanding home-schooled students may also self-endorse. Finally, if you attend an endorsing high school and are not endorsed, but believe you are at least as competitive a candidate as those endorsed by your school, you may also self-endorse.

What is the deadline for submitting Park Scholarships application materials?

November 1. Late materials are almost never accepted, and then only at the discretion of the program director.

Are there minimum academic scores, averages, or ranks that students must have in order to apply?

No, there are no minimum SAT, ACT, or grade point averages to apply for the Park Scholarships. However, most successful candidates have an A average and score higher than the average SAT score (1248 on a 1600 scale) of all freshmen who enrolled at NC State in Fall 2014.

What are the latest test dates for which I should register for the ACT Plus Writing or SAT?

You must take the SAT by October or the ACT Plus Writing by September in order for the scores to arrive by the November 1 Park Scholarships deadline. Official scores must be sent to NC State directly from the testing agencies (SAT code #5496, ACT code #3164).

Is there a citizenship requirement for the Park Scholarships?

Yes, you must be a United States citizen when you apply.

What do I need to submit as part of the application?

The application is online and is part of the NC State Undergraduate Admissions application; there is a special supplement for Park Scholarships candidates. Park Scholarships candidates must provide two essays, names of two recommenders, one official or unofficial high school transcript, and information about advanced coursework.

May I mail my application materials?

No. All required materials must be submitted online through the wolfPAW system.

What tips do you have for writing essays?

Your essays should delve beneath the surface and reveal insights about your candidacy based on our four selection criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Essays that go beyond merely describing an experience, person, or project help our selection committee learn more about you.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

The best recommendation letters are from people who know you well and can provide specific examples of how you meet the selection criteria. At least one of your recommenders should be a high school teacher, counselor, or principal.

Can recommenders submit paper copies of their recommendation forms and letters?

No. Recommenders must use the link in the email they receive from park_scholars@ncsu.edu to submit their recommendation. See the For Recommenders page for details.

What kinds of extracurricular activities increase one’s chances of selection?

There is no specific activity that makes a difference. The most competitive candidates demonstrate a high level of engagement and leadership in a few meaningful activities in their school or community. Too many activities may suggest a student is over-extended or minimally involved in each activity.

What general tips do you have for preparing my application?

Applications provide the initial contact between Selection Committee members and Park Scholarships candidates. Thus, applications should show depth of thought and be free of errors. The strongest applications also include letters of reference that address your strengths as they relate to our selection criteria.

Will the Park Scholarships Selection Committee see the contents of my NC State Undergraduate Admissions application?

No, the Park Scholarships Selection Committee will see only the materials you submitted as part of your Park Scholarships Information. If in your NC State Undergraduate Admissions application you shared details that you believe are relevant to your Park Scholarships candidacy, please include them in the Additional Information section of your Park Scholarships materials.

If I no longer wish to be considered for the Park Scholarships what must I do?

Should you opt not to continue in the Park Scholarships Selection Process at any point, please email park_scholars@ncsu.edu with your request to withdraw from consideration.