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The Park Class of 2018: Highlights

The Park Scholarships program proudly graduates the Class of 2018. Since their arrival on campus, members of the class showed a deep intellectual curiosity and zest for life through their efforts in scholarship, leadership, and service. Research and internships led them to discover more about their surrounding communities and how they could positively affect change in the world. From the study of developmental biology to the investigation of how the nation’s leaders address infectious disease, from internships with the U.S.
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Park Scholarships Announces Class of 2022

The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 35 students to its Class of 2022.

Christian Rust ’19 leads project on solar bus stop

It is hard to believe that Christian Rust, a rising-senior Park Scholar double majoring in chemical engineering and textile engineering, once questioned his ability to make an impact on a campus as large as NC State’s. But with a passion for service and human-centered innovation, Rust has come to the right place to leave his legacy. “Coming in freshman year and hearing about all the amazing events, programs, and projects the Park Scholars have led is tremendously inspiring,” he says.
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April 2018 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

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

sPark: A Park Scholarships Symposium

On Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8, approximately 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and selection committee members converged at the StateView Hotel on NC State’s beautiful Centennial Campus for sPark 2018 — the Park Scholarships second biannual leadership and networking symposium. It was a weekend exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character; bringing together individuals from all stages of life and career to ‘find their sPark’. Chancellor Randy Woodson joined attendees on Friday night to kick-off the
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Lauren Cagley ‘13 explores the oil industry

Lauren Cagley ‘13 always enjoyed problem-solving and using her creativity to make a difference, so finding engineering as her calling during her undergraduate career paved the way for a bright future. Cagley is currently the Crude Coordinator for the ExxonMobil Beaumont Refinery in Beaumont, TX and is responsible for managing all of the day-to-day logistics for 375,000 barrels (bbls) of crude oil daily. Over the past 5 years, Cagley has held five different positions and values each for the unique
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Christian Fuda ’18 showcased in Art2Wear

On April 20, 2018, Christian Fuda ‘18, a senior majoring in industrial design, stepped out of his comfort zone to pursue his passion of fashion design as he presented an avant-garde collection for the annual fashion show Art2Wear, hosted by the NC State College of Design. “I hope that my collection and story can inspire at least one person to do the same… I hope that after the show, my work can inspire people to try new things and be
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Sarah Ho Receives Award for Excellence

Sarah Ho, Park Scholarships senior assistant director, was selected to receive the 2018 Award for Excellence for the NC State University Chancellor’s Unit. She was selected from a field of outstanding employees who contribute greatly to the university. In the Park Scholarships office, Ho leads the execution of most of the Park Scholars’ developmental experiences, including two Learning Labs, two retreats, a year-long Freshman Seminar, Service Raleigh, and the Park Enrichment Grants. She also plays key roles in the selection
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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
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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.”