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May Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30 deadline:

Classmates Ben Darnell ’02 and Mark Voelker ’02 Emerge as Open Source Software Industry Leaders

College roommates and fellow computer science majors Ben Darnell ’02 and Mark Voelker ’02 recently crossed paths within the open source software industry. Longtime open source enthusiasts, both have established themselves as significant contributors in this realm: Darnell as co-founder and chief technology officer of startup Cockroach Labs, and Voelker as chief OpenStack architect at VMware, a publicly-traded global virtualization technology company.

Media Mentions

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

Daniel Snyder ‘12 Strengthens Leadership through Spirituality and Sense of Adventure

While his undergraduate degree is in biological engineering, Daniel Snyder ‘12 has opted to pursue what he calls a “supremely unconventional (and unexpected)” career path. For the past four years, he has tested and grown his leadership skills by running Discipleship Training School programs throughout New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Park Scholarships Welcomes Patricia Crane ‘02

Today, NC State’s Park Scholarships welcomed Patricia Crane ‘02 as the program’s development associate.

The Park Class of 2017: Highlights

This year, the Park Scholarships program proudly graduated the Class of 2017. From a pool of 1,642 applicants in the fall of 2012, the Park Selection Committee saw in these then-high school seniors their potential to excel as scholars, leaders, and in service to their communities. Indeed, the Park Class of 2017 has made a significant impact at NC State and elsewhere throughout the nation and world – from parks and natural spaces here in the Research Triangle, to the
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Park Scholarships Announces Class of 2021

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 39 students to its Class of 2021.

Krystal Smith ‘14 Fosters Unity through Dialogue and Relationships

Krystal Smith ‘14 is passionate in her pursuit for intentionality. She has spent the past few years working as university engagement director and director of special projects for the Veritas Forum, an organization committed to creating opportunities for college students and faculty to engage in meaningful conversations.

Park Scholar Media Mentions

Quite a few members of the Park Scholarships community have appeared in the media over the past two months:

Elliott Welton ‘12 Primes Campuses for Amazon Partnerships

Whether through its electronic devices, streaming media, or next-day delivery of items ranging from lentils to leotards, Amazon.com has revolutionized the retail realm for its hundreds of millions of users. As a senior business development manager for Amazon Campus, Elliott Welton ‘12 is playing a role in this consumerism paradigm shift.