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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 will present William C. Friday Award to Noran Sanford

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Class of 2019 will present 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. Sanford will deliver a lecture immediately following the award presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

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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Two Park Scholars receive the Astronaut Scholarship

Ziad Ali ’19 and Madison Maloney ’19 are recipients of a 2018-2019 Astronaut Scholarship. Awarded to 50 scholars from 36 universities across the nation, the Astronaut Scholarship was established to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in technology and innovation by supporting the very best and brightest scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while commemorating the legacy of America’s pioneering astronauts. Both students are Park Scholars in the Class of 2019, but they have carved individual paths
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Launching a career in aerospace engineering

Alina Creamer ’20 has just completed her sophomore year at NC State, yet packs an impressive resume. Starting with an internship at Lockheed Martin while in high school, she has since added internships at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems. With a major in aerospace engineering, the internships have allowed her to apply concepts learned in the classroom to the real world and has provided her with the connections needed for a bright career. In the
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Three Alumni in Triangle Business Journal’s 2018 “40 Under 40” List

The Park Scholarships program prepares scholars for lifelong contributions to the campus, state, nation, and world. Neal Robbins ’01, Jennifer Morgan ’02, and Will Quick ’07 carried this with them well beyond graduation and have each been recognized with a Triangle Business Journal 2018 40 Under 40 Award for their efforts. To qualify for the award, nominees were required to hold a leadership role of importance in their organizations, make significant achievements in their career in 2017, and have had
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May 2018 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the May 30, 2018 deadline.

Student Giving Nears 100% During Park March Madness

Park Scholarships sixth annual March Madness student giving campaign had extremely impressive results. The March Madness campaign challenges current Park Scholars to give back to the program, and it is intended to fuel friendly competition between the four current Park classes and generate financial support for the Park Scholarships program. Each class was challenged to reach 100% class participation this year.

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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