Forty-four high school seniors were recently named to the NC State University Park Scholarships Class of 2017.
Recipient biographies, listed by state, and county, are available in PDF format:
The new class was selected from a record of nearly 1,650 outstanding candidates who submitted applications by the November 1 deadline. A network of over 200 Selection Committee members — dedicated and talented NC State alumni, faculty, and friends — participated in this year’s selection process. The Selection Committee assists with application review, interviews, and outreach.
“The Park Foundation’s vision of investing in bright, service-minded leaders as a means to improving our world will continue to thrive with this newest cohort,” said Park Scholarships Director Eva Feucht. “The Class of 2017 represents the best our nation has to offer, and they will bring their dedication to helping those around them to a university that shares that commitment. NC State is grateful to the Park Foundation and many other donors whose support makes this possible.”
The Class of 2017 is an accomplished group in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and service. Members of this class include recipients of Department of State scholarships to study Arabic in Morocco and Mandarin in China; researchers in areas such as Alzheimer’s disease, gun control, and biomedical materials; and volunteers who have worked with recent immigrants and landmine victims.
The Park Scholarships program brings exceptional students to NC State University based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the campus, state, nation, and world.
Approximately 45 scholarships are awarded each year. Park Scholarships include opportunities for innovative enrichment activities such as grants for undergraduate research and study abroad, making this award one of the most prestigious and comprehensive undergraduate scholarships in the nation.
The Park Scholarships are named for the late Roy H. Park ‘31, an NC State alumnus who created the charitable Park Foundation, dedicated to education, media, and the environment. In 1996, the Park Scholarships were established atNC State with a generous grant from the Park Foundation. Since the inaugural class of 25 scholars, the number of Park Scholars on campus has increased to approximately 180, along with a growing network of alumni. To date, the Park Foundation has committed nearly $70 million to support the scholarship, establishing a legacy of leadership and service in the spirit of the Park name.