The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games

Maggie DeWeese ’18, Zach Patel ’20, and Justin Traenkle ’19 are working together on a Community Enrichment Initiative (CEI) titled The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games. It is an event sponsored by the NC State Unified Club and Special Olympics North Carolina, to pair NC State students and Special Olympic athletes. With the goal of providing athletes with intellectual and developmental disorders the ability to continue playing Unified sports as they grow older, it also allows for NC State
Read more »

321 Coffee: A Coffee Shop with a Purpose

A pop-up coffee shop serviced by individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders, 321 Coffee was started by four Park Scholars in the Class of 2021. According to Lindsay Wrege, CEO, the organization is meant “to provide meaningful volunteer work experience for adults with special needs, as well as a space for the NC State and Raleigh [populace] to interact with the special needs community.”

Aoife Sinclair ’20: Two Internships, One Year

As a sophomore, Aoife Sinclair ’20 has already built an impressive resume. For the past two semesters, she has taken a break from her studies to pursue internships with Sesame Street and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. These experiences are an integral part of who she is and the career path she plans to follow.

Madeline Finnegan ’18 lands job with the Federal Reserve

Madeline Finnegan ’18, will be continuing her involvement with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York full-time after she graduates in May. In summer of 2017, Finnegan worked as a Summer Research Analyst where she contributed as part of the Financial Intermediation team. She interned with economist Anna Kovner on a research project about housing mobility surrounding the 2008 financial crisis.

February 2018 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the February 1, 2018 deadline.

Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars, alumni, and faculty received media attention in recent months:

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2022 Finalists

In late January, the Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University named 112 Finalists for the Class of 2022 – the 23rd class of Park Scholars. 

Kobi Felton ’18 Receives Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Kobi Felton ’18 was recently named one of the 43 recipients for the 2018 Marshall Scholarship. Awarded to US students with strong “potential as scholars, as leaders, and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding”, Marshall Scholarships are recognized as one of the most distinguished scholarship opportunities available nationwide.

Casey Sokolovic ’19 and Help Them LAST – Love a Sea Turtle

Casey Sokolovic ’19 started a fundraiser for sea turtles when she was eight years old. After a field trip to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island where the tremendous need for financial support was apparent, Sokolovic wanted to help. In her hometown of Greenville, NC, she sold turtle-shaped sugar cookies to raise money and called it Help Them LAST – Love a Sea Turtle. From there, her love for sea turtles quickly escalated to
Read more »

Park Scholarships Names Class of 2022 Semifinalists

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has selected 390 Semifinalists for the Class of 2022 – the 23rd class of Park Scholars. Candidates were selected from an exceptionally talented pool of 2,120 applicants based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.