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Park Ambassadors

Mike McNeil, parent of Megan McNeil '17, represents NC State and the Park Scholarships at a college fair in Tennessee.

Mike McNeil, parent of Megan McNeil ’17, represents NC State and the Park Scholarships at a college fair in Tennessee.

Park Ambassadors increase the national name recognition of Park Scholarships and NC State, and assist in recruiting diverse and highly qualified Park Scholarships applicants from all over the country.

Become an Ambassador

  • Step 1: Complete a Park Ambassador Interest Form. We offer training sessions (in person and virtually) in early fall, and we will notify you of recruiting opportunities based on your location and specific areas of interest.
  • Step 2: Download and review the Park Ambassadors presentation, talking points, and FAQs from the sidebar at right. You may also wish to print these documents to bring with you to recruiting programs.
  • Step 3: Get out and tell the Park Scholarships story! If you need assistance in identifying or coordinating a recruiting event, and/or if you would like materials for distribution, email park_scholars@ncsu.edu.
  • Step 4: Let us know how it went! Submit an evaluation within one week of your program.

Recruit Future Park Scholars

Park Ambassadors Jasmine Scheitler '17 and Katie Nagley '16 make a presentation during Semifinal interviews in Charlotte, N.C.

Park Ambassadors Jasmine Scheitler ’17 and Katie Nagley ’16 make a presentation during Semifinal interviews in Charlotte, N.C.

Detailed below are several ways Park Ambassadors may help promote the Park Scholarships name and recruit outstanding students to apply. We also welcome you to check our list of upcoming recruiting opportunities and sign up for programs you’d like to cover.

  • College Fairs: We invite Park Ambassadors to represent NC State and the Park Scholarships at college fairs in their regions by joining the Office of Undergraduate Admissions’ Pack Partners program. For a list of upcoming college fairs in your area, visit the Pack Partners website.
  • High School Visits: We encourage Park Ambassadors to visit 2-4 high schools in their region each year to speak about the opportunities available at NC State and within the Park Scholarships program. School visits typically take place during the school day and run about 30-60 minutes. In some cases, you’ll find yourself giving a formal presentation to a roomful of students; in others, you might have a more intimate conversation with a small group of students and/or a college counselor.
  • Community Outreach: Park Ambassadors are also welcome to represent the program at their workplaces and at local non-profits, businesses, and religious-, service-, and community-based organizations. Occasionally, opportunities arise for Park Ambassadors speak with targeted groups, such as high school counselors, teachers, and high-achieving 8th and 9th grade students.
  • Pack Previews, University Open House, and other Undergraduate Admissions-sponsored recruiting programs: These and similar programs take place both on-campus and across the state.
  • Assistance with the Park selection and yield processes: While our Park Selection Committees play a critical role in reviewing applications and conducting candidate interviewers, our staff also needs assistance in coordinating the non-evaluative aspects of our selection and yield processes. These include leading informational presentations at Semifinal Interviews, serving on panels during Finalist Weekend, and contacting students who have been selected as Park Scholars to encourage them to accept the award.