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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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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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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.  

Park Scholar Media Mentions

Quite a few Park Scholars and alumni received media coverage in recent weeks: Michael Ian Cedar talked with Chasta Hamilton Calhoun ’07 about reinvention as part of his blog, “The Legacy of You.” Hamilton Calhoun owns Raleigh-based Stage Doore Dance. She, along with Mitch Danforth ’07 and Kyle Held ’09, led a presentation on this same topic during the first biannual sPark in April 2016.     Following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte earlier this
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