Park Scholarships Names Finalists for the Class of 2028


The Park Scholarships program has selected 112 Finalists for the Class of 2028. On Jan. 6, members of the Park Scholarships Selection Committee, which includes more than 200 NC State alumni and friends, interviewed 450 Park Scholarships Semifinalists selected from over 3,200 applicants. Finalists were selected for their accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.

Finalists are invited to NC State on Feb. 16-17 to participate in Final Selection Activities. These activities include individual interviews, group discussion tasks, and panels with faculty, students and alumni. Finalists and their guests also attend a reception with Chancellor Randy Woodson and other university leaders.

All Finalists who participate in Final Selection Activities and enroll at NC State are guaranteed a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for four years.)

This year’s Finalists represent 20 U.S. states and 30 counties across the North Carolina. Among them are student government leaders, captains of athletic teams, Eagle Scouts and Girl Scouts. They include collegiate-level researchers and magazine editors. They are president, vice presidents, treasurers, tutors, podcast hosts and creators, coaches, activists, environmentalists, singers, musicians and artists.  

Finalist biographies, listed by state and county, are available via PDF:

Since 1996, the Park Scholarships program has brought more than 1,200 exceptional students to NC State 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 university, state, nation and world. The scholarship includes tuition and fees, room and board, enrichment activities, and additional expenses.

Park Scholarships is 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 35 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding high school seniors for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State.