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Park Scholarships Names Class of 2023 Finalists

The Park Scholarships Selection Committee, comprising approximately 290 NC State alumni and friends, conducted interviews with 475 Semifinalists in early January. The Semifinalists were selected from a record number of 2,409 applicants. Finalists will visit the NC State campus on February 22-23 to participate in Final Selection Activities at the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center. These activities include individual interviews, group discussion tasks, and panels with faculty and Park Scholars. Finalists and their guests will also attend a reception
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Park Scholars don’t just learn, they do

Enrichment experiences are vital to a student’s education and preparation for life beyond NC State. Belton Moore ’20 recognizes this importance and has been sure to take the reins on his involvement in- and outside of the classroom. With an interest in public policy, including immigration, trade, tribal relations, and rural economic development, Moore sought to broaden his experiential reach. Thus far, Moore has studied abroad in both China and Mexico, attended a public policy leadership conference at the Harvard
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Park Scholarships Names Class of 2023 Semifinalists

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University selected 475 Semifinalists for the Class of 2023 – the 24th class of Park Scholars. Candidates were selected from an exceptionally talented pool of 2,409 applicants based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Sam Shain ’19 leans into scholarship, leadership, service, and character

Scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These are the four pillars of the Park Scholarships program and is the foundation of our scholars’ experience at NC State. Students are encouraged to build upon these areas by exploring their inner desires and the world around them. Through Park Scholarships funding and guidance, Sam Shain ’19 has taken full advantage of this ideal. He has studied abroad in Germany, participated in a sustainable business strategy course at Harvard, took a gap semester to
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Adrian Teegarden ’19 puts her creative mind to work to protect our oceans

Adrian Teegarden ‘19 pushes herself beyond her comfort zone when it comes to exploring her interests in marine science fieldwork and art. Since she has started the Park Scholarships program, Teegarden has discovered a myriad of opportunities to combine these seemingly unrelated fields. First, she studied abroad in New Zealand the summer after her freshman year where she learned about sustainability and Kiwi culture. While there, Teegarden was inspired by the native Maori concept of “kaitiakitanga,” which can be translated
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Park Scholarships Welcomes Dana Dubis

The Park Scholarships team is pleased to welcome Dana Dubis as the program’s development associate. In this new position, Dubis will serve as a key point of contact for the Park Scholarships’ fundraising and development-related initiatives – both the internal, detailed logistical tasks and communications work, as well as the relational, external roles required to foster support for the Park Scholarships. The Park Scholarships development associate position was created as part of the program’s efforts to grow its endowment. In
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A path well taken

At the age of 15, Josh Sawyer ’03 unexpectedly performed CPR on a neighbor until first-responders arrived. It was this moment that catapulted his interest in medicine. Today, Sawyer is an ER physician at Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians in Wilmington, N.C. His trajectory has been one full of highs and lows. Volunteering with EMS throughout college, attending Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, taking a year off from medical school to be a math teacher, five years of
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A Time to Reflect and Connect

Excitement and anxiety are at the forefront of the emotional spectrum as students enter their freshman and senior years of college. Park retreats at the start of each of these years afford scholars the perspective to reflect on where they’ve been and make preparations for the next steps. Location plays a key role: the natural beauty of each retreat’s setting creates a space for contemplation and relationship-building without the distractions of everyday campus life. The Class of 2022’s Freshman Retreat
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Class of 2019 presented William C. Friday Award to Noran Sanford

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Class of 2019 presented the 20th annual William C. Friday Award to Noran Sanford on Monday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. in NC State’s Duke Energy Hall at Hunt Library. Sanford is the founder of GrowingChange, which converts decommissioned rural prisons into sustainable farms and education centers.

Park Scholarships Welcomes Thomas Hall

The Park Scholarships team is pleased to welcome Thomas Hall as a part-time graduate assistant. As our graduate assistant, Thomas will assist on many Park Scholarships programs including Retreats and Learning Labs. He will manage Freshman Seminar and PRK courses, as well as the Faculty Mentor program. He will also contribute to our recruitment and selection efforts. Thomas has just completed two years as a college adviser with the Davidson College Advising Corps at R-S Central High School in Rutherfordton, NC. At
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