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Ashley Lawson ’18 Receives Truman Scholarship

Ashley Lawson, a junior majoring in mathematics education and mathematics at North Carolina State University, has been awarded a 2018 Truman Scholarship. The Sandy Ridge, N.C., native will use the $30,000 scholarship – a highly competitive, merit-based award offered to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals from Pacific Islands who want to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in public service – to pursue her Ph.D. in public administration and development sociology. Her goal is to become a
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The Strength of the Wolf is the ‘Park’: A Q&A with with our own Wolfpack Alumni

In each class of Park Scholars, inevitably the wind softly blowing ‘o’er the fields of Caroline’ holds a distinct place in the hearts and minds of a select few. These few, whose passions and interests have extended to all corners of the globe, have eventually found themselves back in the place they first met: working at at NC State University – forging careers in scholarship, leadership, service and character. We reached out to these Park Scholar alumni to find out
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Ashley Lawson ’18 Brings ‘Meet My Future’ to Rural North Carolina Schools

Some people search their whole lives for a true calling. It is clear to anyone who meets Ashley Lawson ’18 that she has quite possibly found hers. Lawson is engaged with teaching not only on a practical level but also with theory and research. She was awarded this month the NCCTM Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award, an award given by the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Each college and university with a teacher education program may nominate one
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Julianne Donoghue ’14 Finds Inspiration in Teaching

When Julianne Donoghue ’14 arrived at NC State as a freshman, she planned to earn a degree in business administration and work in marketing. She never imagined herself becoming a teacher.

Ashley Lawson ‘18 Aspires To Elevate Education in Rural North Carolina

You can never truly leave home. Hometowns shape us and make us into who we are as people and as professionals. Ashley Lawson’s hometown has given her a sense of purpose she never expected.  

Matthew Campbell ‘05 Inspires Next Generation of Mathematics Educators

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.

Natalie Cooke ’10 and Kati Scruggs ’18 Team Up to Train Future Nutrition Educators

This academic year, a Park Scholar and an alumna teamed up to develop a series of training videos for aspiring nutrition educators. Natalie Cooke ‘10, Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences and Program Director for A PACKed Kitchen – a satellite of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle – received a DELTA Exploratory Grant to investigate the feasibility of 360° videos in training and evaluation for a community nutrition service-learning course. Kati Scruggs ‘18, a
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Educator Jezzette Rivera ‘10 Makes a Difference in South Texas Classrooms

As a freshman beginning her NC State career, Jezzette Rivera ‘10 anticipated pursuing a career in politics, law, and/or the nonprofit sector. She majored in criminology and political science with a concentration in law and justice, spent the summer following her freshman year interning with the League of United Latin American Citizens, and served as a House Intern with the North Carolina General Assembly throughout her junior year and the subsequent summer.

Win Bassett ‘07 Redirects His Career from Courtroom to Classroom

While no two Park Scholars are alike, a commonality among them is multipotentiality: each scholar possesses strengths and interests in disparate areas. One manifestation of this trait is an eclectic set of academic and life experiences, and Win Bassett’s rather circuitous professional path exemplifies this.

Jessie Jordan Hathcock ’11 Strives to Close the Achievement Gap

An eighth grade social studies and English/language arts teacher at Carroll Middle School in Raleigh, N.C., Jessie Jordan Hathcock ’11 is carrying on a family legacy in education. Her mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer when Hathcock was four years old, was a public school teacher. Hathcock grew up hearing stories of her mother’s positive impact on their community, and decided to major in middle grades education at NC State.