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The Park Class of 2018: Highlights

The Park Scholarships program proudly graduates the Class of 2018. Since their arrival on campus, members of the class showed a deep intellectual curiosity and zest for life through their efforts in scholarship, leadership, and service. Research and internships led them to discover more about their surrounding communities and how they could positively affect change in the world. From the study of developmental biology to the investigation of how the nation’s leaders address infectious disease, from internships with the U.S.
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April 2018 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the April 1, 2018 deadline.

sPark: A Park Scholarships Symposium

On Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8, approximately 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and selection committee members converged at the StateView Hotel on NC State’s beautiful Centennial Campus for sPark 2018 — the Park Scholarships second biannual leadership and networking symposium. It was a weekend exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character; bringing together individuals from all stages of life and career to ‘find their sPark’. Chancellor Randy Woodson joined attendees on Friday night to kick-off the
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Christian Fuda ’18 showcased in Art2Wear

On April 20, 2018, Christian Fuda ‘18, a senior majoring in industrial design, stepped out of his comfort zone to pursue his passion of fashion design as he presented an avant-garde collection for the annual fashion show Art2Wear, hosted by the NC State College of Design. “I hope that my collection and story can inspire at least one person to do the same… I hope that after the show, my work can inspire people to try new things and be
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The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games

Maggie DeWeese ’18, Zach Patel ’20, and Justin Traenkle ’19 are working together on a Community Enrichment Initiative (CEI) titled The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games. It is an event sponsored by the NC State Unified Club and Special Olympics North Carolina, to pair NC State students and Special Olympic athletes. With the goal of providing athletes with intellectual and developmental disorders the ability to continue playing Unified sports as they grow older, it also allows for NC State
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Madeline Finnegan ’18 lands job with the Federal Reserve

Madeline Finnegan ’18, will be continuing her involvement with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York full-time after she graduates in May. In summer of 2017, Finnegan worked as a Summer Research Analyst where she contributed as part of the Financial Intermediation team. She interned with economist Anna Kovner on a research project about housing mobility surrounding the 2008 financial crisis.

February 2018 Park Enrichment Grants Awarded

The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the February 1, 2018 deadline.

Media Mentions

The following Park Scholars, alumni, and faculty received media attention in recent months:

Kobi Felton ’18 Receives Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Kobi Felton ’18 was recently named one of the 43 recipients for the 2018 Marshall Scholarship. Awarded to US students with strong “potential as scholars, as leaders, and as contributors to improved UK-US understanding”, Marshall Scholarships are recognized as one of the most distinguished scholarship opportunities available nationwide.

Class of 2018 presented William C. Friday Award to Amy Gage Wright

North Carolina State University’s Park Scholarships Class of 2018 presented the 19th annual William C. Friday Award to Amy Gage Wright on Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30 pm in NC State’s Talley Student Union Mountains Ballroom. Ms. Wright is the Founder and CEO of Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, an award-winning coffee shop in Wilmington, NC that employs over 40 intellectually disabled people.