The Park Scholarships program is proud of its recent graduates in the Class of 2016. During their time at NC State, these newest additions to the Park alumni roster made a meaningful impact on campus and around the world through their scholarship, leadership, and service.
James Kiwanuka-Tondo has served as one of two Chancellor-appointed Park Faculty Scholars for the graduating Class of 2016. In this role, he and his counterpart, Derek Aday, have guided their class in developing enrichment activities and advised individual students on academic matters. Kiwanuka-Tondo’s connection with the Park Scholarships program, however, began long before the Class of 2016 entered NC State.
The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the April 1, 2016 deadline.
Park Scholars give back – this mindset is at the core of the program’s mission and culture. Park Scholars donate their time to charities at home and abroad, serve as community leaders, and strive to use their talents to benefit others. The senior class legacy, a way for graduating Park Scholars to give something back to NC State, has become a tradition over the program’s 20-year history. This year’s seniors have decided to establish the Class of 2016 Endowment Award
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When New Jersey native Leanne Nieforth ‘16 arrived at NC State four years ago as an animal science major, she aspired to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine and eventually become an equine surgeon. Eager to build research experience, as a freshman she began working in Dr. Jack Odle’s Laboratory of Developmental Nutrition alongside senior research associate Dr. Sheila Jacobi.
In May 2015, Khari Cyrus ’16 and Marcel Souffrant ’16 led the fourth iteration of the Park Scholars’ Belize Experiential Learning Trip, a two-week service-learning initiative in which Evan Brooks ’18, Allie Dinwiddie ’18, Donnielle Jones ’18, Zach Jones ’17, Jeremy Nortey ’18, and Adrienne Williams ’17 also participated. This year’s trip, coordinated in partnership with NC State’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service (CSLEPS) and its Alternative Service Break programs, received partial funding from Park Enrichment Grants.
Several Park Scholars have received media attention in recent months for their work on entrepreneurial initiatives and causes ranging from medicine to girls’ empowerment, the environment, and affordable housing. Read on to learn how they’re positively impacting their communities.
For many Park Scholars, a key benefit of being part of this program community is having access to now 16 classes of alumni who are eager to offer advice regarding careers and graduate study. The Park Scholarships intranet, SPIFFY, is one forum through which alumni share job and internship leads and where scholars of all classes can make professional connections.
In April, Park Scholars Ryan King ’15 and Taufik Raharjo ’16 represented NC State at the Academic Consortium (AC21) Student World Forum 2015 in Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany. AC21 is an international network of 19 educational, research, and industrial organizations around the world that aims to promote cooperation in education and research between members. NC State is one of only two member institutions from North and South America.
Growing up, Khari Cyrus ‘16 always thought he would one day become an orthopedic surgeon. While that was his intent as a freshman human biology major entering NC State, it didn’t take long for Cyrus to realize his interests pointed somewhere other than medical school.