The Application Process

How do I apply for the Park Scholarships?

Be sure to apply for admission to NC State by the October 15 deadline. NOTE: While NC State’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions has extended its Early Action application deadline to October 23 for students in FL, GA, NC, SC, and VA’s Tidewater area affected by Hurricane Matthew, they encourage students who have not been affected to still apply by the original Early Action deadline of October 15.

To access the Park Scholarships application via NC State’s wolfPAW system, you must either be endorsed by your high school or you must self-endorse.

Who is eligible to apply for the Park Scholarships?

To be eligible for the Park Scholarships, candidates must be United States citizens or permanent residents and be applying for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State.

Can I be considered for the Park Scholarships even if I am not endorsed by my high school?

Yes. If you meet the selection criteria but do not attend a high school on the Endorsing Schools List, you may self-endorse. Outstanding home-schooled students may also self-endorse. Finally, if you attend an endorsing high school and are not endorsed, but believe you are at least as competitive a candidate as those endorsed by your school, you may also self-endorse.

What is the deadline for submitting Park Scholarships application materials?

To be considered for the Park Scholarships, you must submit all materials – including both the application for admission to NC State and the Park Scholarships application – by the dates listed here. Late materials are almost never accepted, and then only at the discretion of the program director. NOTE: You need NOT wait to submit your application for admission before beginning the Park Scholarships application.

Are there minimum academic scores, averages, or ranks that students must have in order to apply?

No, there are no minimum SAT, ACT, or grade point averages to apply for the Park Scholarships. However, most successful candidates have an A average and score higher than the average SAT score (1251 on a 1600 scale) or higher than the average ACT score (29 on a 36 scale) of all freshmen currently enrolled at NC State.

What are the latest ACT or SAT dates for which scores will be considered?

You must take the ACT by September or the SAT by October in order for the scores to arrive by the Park Scholarships application deadline. Official scores must be sent to NC State directly from the testing agencies (SAT code #5496, ACT code #3164).

Is there a citizenship requirement for the Park Scholarships?

Yes, you must be a United States citizen or permanent resident when you apply.

What do I need to submit as part of the application?

In addition to asking about your most meaningful academic, extracurricular, work, enrichment, and service activities and honors throughout high school, the Park Scholarships application requires two essays. You also must provide the names and email addresses of two recommenders, and follow up with each of them to ensure they submit letters of recommendation by the October 23 deadline.

The Park Scholarships Selection Committee will refer to your SAT/ACT scores sent to NC State directly from the testing agencies. Likewise, we will refer to your high school transcript submitted by your counselor via the application for admission. (You need not send a separate copy of your transcript directly to the Park Scholarships office.)

May I mail my application materials?

No. All Park Scholarships application materials must be submitted online through the wolfPAW system.

What are the Park Scholarships application essay prompts?

The Park Scholarships application essay prompts change annually. For the 2016-2017 selection cycle (for the Class of 2021), the two essay prompts are as follows:

  1. The Park Scholarships selection criteria are scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
    Critical and creative thinking are valuable skills in problem solving. Tell us about a time in which you used one or both of these to address a problem or need, in or out of the classroom. How did or might you apply what you learned from this experience in other situations?
  2. The Park Scholarships selection criteria are scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
    Describe a service experience to which you contributed that was meaningful to you. What did you do? What challenges did you encounter? What made this meaningful to you? How did you grow?

Essay responses are limited to 4,000 characters including spaces.

What tips do you have for writing essays?

Your essays should delve beneath the surface and reveal insights about your candidacy based on our four selection criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Essays that go beyond merely describing an experience, person, or project help our Selection Committee learn more about you.

Who should write my letters of recommendation?

The best recommendation letters are from people who know you well and can provide specific examples of how you meet the selection criteria. At least one of your recommenders should be a high school teacher, counselor, or principal.

Can recommenders submit paper copies of their recommendation forms and letters?

No. Recommenders must use the link in the email they receive from to submit their recommendation. See the For Recommenders page for details.

What kinds of extracurricular activities increase one’s chances of selection?

There is no specific activity that makes a difference. The most competitive candidates demonstrate a high level of engagement and leadership in a few meaningful activities in their school or community. Too many activities may suggest a student is over-extended or minimally involved in each activity.

What general tips do you have for preparing my application?

Applications provide the initial contact between Selection Committee members and Park Scholarships candidates. Thus, applications should show depth of thought and be free of errors. The strongest applications also include letters of reference that address your strengths as they relate to our selection criteria.

Will the Park Scholarships Selection Committee see the contents of my Common Application?

The Park Scholarships Selection Committee will see only: the materials you submitted as part of your Park Scholarships application; your high school transcript, submitted by your counselor through the application for admission; your SAT and/or ACT scores, submitted to NC State directly from the testing agency; and your personal essay from the application for admission (you will not have the option to edit this after submission).

If in your application for admission to NC State you shared details you believe are relevant to your Park Scholarships candidacy, please include them in the Additional Information section of your Park Scholarships application.

If I no longer wish to be considered for the Park Scholarships what must I do?

Should you opt not to continue in the Park Scholarships selection process at any point, please email with your request to withdraw from consideration.