Park Under-Resourced Assistance

Park Under-Resourced Assistance

PURA is available to help candidates through each phase of the selection process. To get assistance for Semifinal Interviews and Final Selection Activities, reach out to Sam Dotson ’24 at and Nicholas Oyarzun ’24 at

Mission Statement

Park Under-Resourced Assistance (PURA) provides a direct outlet of support for under-resourced applicants to North Carolina State University and the Park Scholarships program. Park Scholars have created a community that seeks to aid applicants during the admissions process in order to develop their applications. The program invites under-resourced applicants to interact with the community and grow alongside Park Scholars.


  • PURA is designed to work with exclusively under-resourced applicants. Under-resourced applicants are defined under a broad scope of identities, including, but not limited to, applicants who are first-generation, are from low-income backgrounds, attend overpopulated schools, are from rural areas, and who identify with other marginalized populations.
  • This program is built to provide constructive feedback about how applicants share their stories and life experiences.
  • Participation in PURA does not guarantee applicants will advance through the Park Scholarships selection process or receive admission to the university.

Organizers: Sam Dotson ’24,, and Nicholas Oyarzun ’24,
Park Scholarships Staff Contact: Nikkiya White, Assistant Director for Recruiting and Selection
Park Scholarships Application and NC State Application Deadline: Nov. 1