For Counselors & Advisors

In late August, Park Scholarships will mail a packet of materials to each school on its Endorsing Schools List. Counselors and/or advisors at these schools should endorse up to two candidates for the Park Scholarships by October 15. Counselors and advisors at high schools not on the Endorsing Schools List should encourage highly qualified students to self-endorse.

To be considered for the Park Scholarships, candidates must submit all materials – including both the application for admission to NC State and the Park Scholarships application – by the dates listed here.

Who are the best candidates?

Successful candidates have demonstrated success or show potential on the selection criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Candidates who have excellent academic records but do not excel in the areas of leadership, service, or character may not be the best candidates to endorse.

To be eligible for a Park Scholarship, candidates must be:

  • United States citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or graduating from a high school located in the United States (regardless of citizenship status)
  • applying for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State

How do I endorse a student?

At many endorsing high schools, counselors and/or advisors work with a scholarship committee to select their school’s endorsees. We suggest asking students to provide a resume, a one-page essay with examples of how they meet the selection criteria, and the names of references they might use. Based on the scholarship committee’s decision, counselors and/or advisors then endorse students online using the Park Scholarships School Endorsement Form. Remember, school endorsements are due October 15 so that candidates have time to work on their required materials. Students who do not receive your school’s endorsement but are as competitive as the endorsed candidates are welcome to self-endorse and apply by November 1.