Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.
Logan Graham ‘19 and Taylor Graham ‘16: Park Scholar Siblings 600 Miles Apart and 2,000 Miles from Home
Logan ‘19 and Taylor ‘16 Graham, natives of the mountain town of Durango in rural southwestern Colorado, are the first sibling pair to hold membership in the Park Scholarships programs at NC State and Ithaca College, respectively. As the elder brother, Taylor was the first to make the move to the East Coast.
Imagine a toilet that uses concentrated sunlight to heat up human waste to temperatures upwards of 300°C and turn it into sterilized charcoal. As unconventional as it might sound, this “Sol-Char Toilet” was the basis of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project on which BJ Ward ‘09 spent most of her first year as a professional research associate with the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder).
Retreats are integral components of the Park Scholarships experience. The Freshman Retreat serves to welcome new scholars into the community by affording them opportunities to get to know one another, the program itself, Park Faculty Scholars and staff, and the upperclassmen who facilitate small group discussion throughout the three-day period.