Park Scholars merited two of the four inaugural awards given at this year’s Founders Day Celebration.
On March 15, Brice Nielsen (2006) and Stephanie Canady (2007) were recognized for their contributions to the campus community. The two seniors—along with Jennifer Edwards and David White—received the first Mathews Medals, NC State’s new student honor. Chancellor James L. Oblinger presented the medals at the culmination of this year’s student Founders Day activities.
The awards are named for Walter J. Mathews, the first student to enroll in the NC College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NC State). Like the Watagua Medals for alumni, the Mathews Medals honor students who, through outstanding service and leadership, promote and benefit NC State.
Brice, a biological sciences major, has participated in many service projects. She has been heavily involved with Dance Marathon, and served this year as Overall Chair. The Caldwell Fellow also works as a genetics teaching assistant and has served as director of implementation for Student Government.
Stephanie is a communication major with a concentration in public relations. She has served as events coordinator for the Wolfpack Student Initiative. She was also involved in the Alumni Association’s student ambassador program, where she chaired the Homecoming Parade committee that revived the university tradition and established the route on Hillsborough Street.
The Mathews Medal, created and administered by the Alumni Association Student Ambassador Program, may be awarded to up to four students in one academic year. To be eligible, student must be a graduating senior, have completed at least four semesters at NC State and be in good academic standing with the university.
For more information about this year’s award and awardees, read Technician’s coverage of Founders Day.
Above: l-r, Brice Nielsen and Stephanie Canady with their awards.