25 Years of Park Scholarships

We're honoring the contributions of the Park Scholarships community over the past 25 years.

Over the past 25 years, the Park Scholarships program has brought more than 1,100 exceptional students to NC State. Throughout the year, we will bring you alumni interviews, stories of Park projects across the years, and online events to connect and inspire.

Ben Darnell

Ben Darnell ’02

Ben creates the 7th co-named Park Scholarship

Shannon Dolan and Annalise Hafner

Shannon Dolan ’22 and Annalise Hafner ’22

Shannon and Annalise are on a mission to reduce plastic waste on campus

Kim Bloomfield ’02 and Ricky Bloomfield ’02

Kim and Ricky create the 8th co-named Park Scholarship

Niasha Kodzai '24

Niasha Kodzai ’24

Niasha came to the College of Design to create items to help people

Karli Moore

Karli Moore ’16

Karli strengthens Native American agriculture

Daniel Malechuk '03

Daniel Malechuk ’03

Dan leads an innovative, sustainable vertical farming enterprise

Ritika Shamdasani '23

Ritika Shamdasani ’23

Ritika brings South Asian fashions to Rent the Runway

Elijah Bouma-Sims

Elijah Bouma-Sims ’21

Elijah helps bring $100,000 to NC State through his research

Melanie Conklin '00

Melanie Conklin ’00

Addison Hughes ’24 talks to Melanie about her career as an author

Naila Segule '20

Naila Segule ’20

Naila spent her summer with the NC Department of Public Health Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch

Julie Smith '06

Julie Smith ’06

NC State Assistant Vice Chancellor for External Affairs, Partnerships and Economic Development Julie Smith ’06 will participate in the UNC System Executive Leadership Institute

HONOR, REFLECT, CELEBRATE

We have several opportunities this year to join together and connect our community.

Throughout the Year | Park Class Reunions
Park alumni were invited to reconnect with a series of special Park-hosted Zoom class reunions. We are excited to hear where you are and what you’re up to.

sPark
This year, we took Park Scholarships’ biennial symposium — an opportunity for the Park Scholarships community to think big, discuss top issues, and celebrate accomplishments — online. Learn more and save the date for sPark 2023 »

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PARK NEWS

  • An Enriched Experience
    Zack Jenio '22 has received 10 Park Enrichment Grants for experiences including study abroad, linguistics training, wellness coach certification, and osteoarthritis research, and he plans to apply for more during his final year at NC State.
  • NC State’s 4th Churchill Scholar Prepares for Deep Dive Into Genetics
    Nikhil Milind '21, who graduated this year, is going to the University of Cambridge to continue his studies into links between human genetics and diseases.
  • sPark 2021 Brings Park Community Together
    This spring, sPark 2021 — the Park Scholarships program’s third biennial leadership and networking symposium — was reimagined from an in-person weekend event to a weeklong opportunity to think big, discuss relevant issues, and celebrate 25 years of Park Scholars’ accomplishments.
  • Karen Bullock Selected as Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America
    Karen Bullock, a former Regional Selection Committee Leader and a current member of the Park Scholarships Advisory Committee, has been selected as a 2021 Fellow for the Gerontological Society of America.