The mission of the Park Scholarships program is to bring 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 Park Scholarships program 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. With a generous grant from the Park Foundation, the Park Scholarships program was established in 1996 to provide a superb educational opportunity for exceptionally talented and well-prepared young people who merit the intellectual challenge of a distinguished faculty and a superior university. To date, 23 classes of Park Scholars have graduated and have built a vibrant alumni network.

Approximately 35 scholarships will be awarded this year to outstanding entering freshmen for undergraduate study in any discipline at NC State. For more details about the program and recent accomplishments of Park Scholars and alumni, please review the program’s annual report.

The Park Scholarships program provides:

Exceptional Benefits

  • Four-year scholarship valued at $137,312 for in-state students and $224,581 for out-of-state students (data from the Class of 2024), including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, computer stipend and personal expenses
  • Grants to fund professional and personal enrichment experiences, such as research projects, service activities and conferences in the United States and abroad
  • Guaranteed invitation to join the University Honors Program for all Park Scholarships Finalists

Personal and Professional Development in Scholarship, Leadership and Service

  • Park Enrichment Academy: A comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential
    • PRK Courses: Weekly seminars for each cohort
    • Retreats: Team-building retreats at the start of the freshman and senior years
    • Learning Labs: Experiential learning opportunities to study leadership and service in the context of state and national issues
  • Mentoring: Park Faculty Mentors work individually with Park Scholars on preparation for undergraduate research, internships, graduate/professional schools and national scholarships