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The Park Scholarship is a four-year scholarship awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

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What Makes a Park Scholar?

Scholarship

Park Scholars earn excellent grades in the most challenging courses available. They are intellectually curious students who think critically and seek learning experiences outside the classroom.

Nikhil Milind ’21, a 2019 Goldwater Scholar, is melding computer science and biology to explore links between genetics and disease.

Leadership

Park Scholars demonstrate leadership, either in formal roles such as team captain or student body president, or informally by excelling in competitive or creative endeavors. They listen well, lead by example, take risks, and champion original ideas.

Jessica Ritter ‘10 is the director of water resources and coastal policy at the National Wildlife Federation, shaping and guiding policy and advocacy work.

Service

Park Scholars dedicate themselves to making a positive difference in the lives of others. They find public service personally rewarding and they participate in service activities on a regular basis.

Since a group of Park Scholars launched this charity race in 2004, the Krispy Kreme Challenge has raised about $1.7 million to benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Character

Park Scholars set positive examples for others and have the courage to do what is right, even when they are in the minority. They demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and conscientiousness.

The Class of 2019 partnered with the Town of Clayton and the Clayton Community Recreational Foundation while they work to build Harmony Playground, an inclusive park intended to foster fun and friendship among children of all abilities.