Park Scholarships Class of 2018 Finalists Announced

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 105 Finalists for the Class of 2018.

Approximately 200 NC State alumni who comprise the Park Scholarships Selection Committee conducted interviews for 286 Semifinalists in early January. The Semifinalists were chosen from a record number of nearly 1,700 applicants.

Finalists will visit the NC State campus on February 21-22 to participate in Final Selection Activities at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center. These activities will include individual interviews, a group discussion task, and panels with faculty and Park Scholars. Finalists and their guests will also attend a reception and dinner hosted by NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson.

The year’s Finalists include recipients of the Princeton Book Award, the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Wendy’s High School Heisman, Scholastic Art Awards, and National Science Olympiad medals; alumni of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference; student body presidents; emergency first responders and volunteer firefighters; Special Olympics coaches; and state champions in swimming, track and field, football, and horse evaluation. Finalists include a two-time “Best Male Speaker” at the International Space Settlement Design Competition finals, the founder of a non-profit organization that brings student-made artwork to individuals in hospice and nursing home care, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra’s concert mistress, research interns with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health, and a member of the 2012 U.S. Army Pacific Teen Panel. Several are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists.

Finalist biographies, listed by country, state, and county, are available in PDF format: Park Class of 2018 Finalists

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. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, room and board, enrichment activities, and additional expenses.

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. Approximately 40 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State.

posted 2014.01.27