As a Park Scholar at NC State, Leslie Scheunemann ‘01 had no shortage of interests. She triple-majored in physics, applied mathematics, and chemistry; minored in Japanese; conducted mentored research; studied ethics independently; gave piano recitals; practiced karate; and was engaged in community service. Not only did each of these pursuits help lay the groundwork for Scheunemann’s post-collegiate life and work, they made her feel connected to something larger than herself.
Logan Graham ‘19 and Taylor Graham ‘16: Park Scholar Siblings 600 Miles Apart and 2,000 Miles from Home
Logan ‘19 and Taylor ‘16 Graham, natives of the mountain town of Durango in rural southwestern Colorado, are the first sibling pair to hold membership in the Park Scholarships programs at NC State and Ithaca College, respectively. As the elder brother, Taylor was the first to make the move to the East Coast.
The following Park Scholars and Park Scholar initiatives have received media attention in recent weeks:
As a freshman beginning her NC State career, Jezzette Rivera ‘10 anticipated pursuing a career in politics, law, and/or the nonprofit sector. She majored in criminology and political science with a concentration in law and justice, spent the summer following her freshman year interning with the League of United Latin American Citizens, and served as a House Intern with the North Carolina General Assembly throughout her junior year and the subsequent summer.
Aerial robotics: for some, this concept likely conjures up images of R2D2 and C3PO walking on tightropes and swinging from trapezes. But for Daniel Mellinger ‘07, aerial robotics is a technology with unlimited potential. Mellinger has built a career on the development of tiny quadrotor helicopters, or “drones.” These vehicles have applications ranging from consumer aerial photography to entertainment, and can even fly discretely into otherwise inaccessible or dangerous environments to capture photos and other data about scenarios ranging from
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The Park Scholarships program at North Carolina State University has named 112 Finalists for the Class of 2020 – the 21st class of Park Scholars.
As a high school student looking ahead to college, Ryan Thompson ‘06 planned to major in either mechanical or biomedical engineering. Upon touring the NC State campus, however, he happened upon the College of Textiles. There he learned about opportunities for integrating engineering applications with his passion for getting out into nature.
Amanda Cannon ‘17 was the kind of high school student who was curious about everything. While one interest – the music industry – stood out among the rest, Cannon doubted its potential to evolve into a “real” career. While she began college in Exploratory Studies (formerly known as the First Year College), NC State’s home for freshmen undecided about a major, by the end of that first year, she declared a business administration major with a concentration in marketing.
The following Park Scholars and Park Faculty Scholars have received media attention in recent weeks for their entrepreneurial ventures, anthropological breakthroughs, and commitment to regional dialect preservation:
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without the Park Scholarships program.” I’ve heard that statement come out of so many mouths over the past 12 years since I graduated as a proud Park Scholar in the Class of 2003. I, too, have said it, but its meaning has evolved over time.