The Park Program

What are the Park Scholarships?

The Park Scholarships program brings exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The program develops and supports Park Scholars in these areas, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the campus, state, nation, and world. The scholarship is a four-year award that covers tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses. An academic enrichment program complements the financial award.

What is the Park Foundation?

The Park Foundation of Ithaca, New York, is the primary benefactor of the Park Scholarships program. The Park Foundation supports scholarships in higher education, environmental protection, animal welfare, and quality media that heightens public awareness of critical issues. The Park Scholarships were established as a legacy to the late Roy H. Park ’31, a distinguished alumnus of NC State and founder of Park Communications.

What are the conditions for renewal of the Park Scholarships?

The Park Scholarship is renewable for a total of eight semesters. Scholars must meet high standards in academic performance, character, conduct, and participation in program and service activities while taking at least 15 credit hours per semester.

What other benefits do the Park Scholarships provide beyond covering college expenses?

Scholars participate in enrichment activities including class trips and leadership development seminars. They explore their academic interests with faculty mentors and may apply for grants to fund experiences such as study abroad, research projects, and service initiatives. Park Scholars receive priority registration for classes. For more information, visit The Park Experience.

Does being a Park Scholar take a lot of time?

Park Scholars do spend time on service and program activities. A student should expect to spend about the same time on Park Scholarships activities as he or she might spend in a three credit-hour university course.

How often do Park Scholars meet?

During the freshman year, scholars meet for a weekly seminar. After the freshman year, students meet less frequently – typically during Leadership Academy sessions and on class trips. A weekly time is reserved all four years for class and project planning meetings.

Who are the Park Faculty Scholars?

Two faculty meet regularly with each class of scholars and assist them in organizing their enrichment activities. For a list of the current Park Faculty Scholars, visit the Program Community section of this site.

Can Park Scholars receive additional funding for activities?

Yes, scholars may apply for Park Enrichment Grants. Students also have the opportunity to apply for travel grants awarded by the Park Alumni Society in order to cover airfare for fall and spring study abroad experiences. Park Scholars may apply for additional awards through NC State’s Study Abroad Office.

What are Learning Laboratories?

Park Scholars participate in two Learning Laboratories – essentially field trips for scholars to learn about challenges facing leaders at the state, national, and global levels. The first trip is to a region of North Carolina during spring of the first year. Learning Laboratory II takes place in Washington, DC during fall break of the sophomore year.

Where do Park Scholars go after they graduate?

Park Scholars attend some of the most prestigious graduate programs worldwide, at institutions such as MIT, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Harvard, Oxford, and Cambridge. They work for Fortune 100 companies, and engage in public service through programs like Teach For America and the Peace Corps. See the Park Alumni page for more details.