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.
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.
Shaunis Mercer ’02 explored several majors before landing in NC State’s College of Management, where she completed a degree in business management. Although she concentrated in human resource management, Mercer said she enjoyed the diverse curriculum the college offered. Years later, when starting her own law firm, and in her current role overseeing juvenile defenders, she fully realized the value of her undergraduate coursework.
Reeves Anderson ‘03 graduated from NC State with degrees in political science and chemistry, and is now a lawyer for Arnold & Porter – one of the world’s largest and most respected law firms. “Without a doubt, I can draw a direct line between my work today and specific leadership and volunteer opportunities made possible by the Park Scholarships,” Anderson said. Arnold & Porter handles cases from all around the globe, but is probably best known for representing Clarence Earl
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Tomás Carbonell ’02 plays an important role in the well-being of our environment. While many people are satisfied with turning off the lights upon leaving a room, or taking the time to separate recyclables into the proper bins, Carbonell’s position with the Washington, D.C. office of the Environmental Defense Fund puts him on the front lines of clean air legislation.
The Park Scholarship is the highest academic and leadership award at N.C. State, and a magnet for top high school students from across the country. For Womble Carlyle attorneys Matt Latrick, Larry Moye and Kim Richards, the Park Scholarship also was a launching pad for their current legal careers.
posted 2012.09.27 Brandon Buskey ‘02, a former assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of the New York State Attorney General, believes his experience as a Park Scholar at NC State contributed to both his professional and personal success. During his tenure with the attorney general’s office, Buskey developed office litigation for civil rights cases and addressed issues of discrimination in the areas of employment, education, and police misconduct. He was also a member of an inter-agency task force
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When Adedayo Banwo (2002) graduated from law school this year, it was more than his latest success. It was the best Mother’s Day present he could give. The following is excerpted from the Tampa Tribune. To read the full article, visit the Tribune’s site. TAMPA – Nine years ago, Adedayo Banwo’s world was centered in a tiny apartment at Robles Park Public Housing Complex, where he lived with his mother and brothers. He was surrounded by poverty and divisive influences.
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