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Sam Shain ’19 leans into scholarship, leadership, service, and character

Scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These are the four pillars of the Park Scholarships program and is the foundation of our scholars’ experience at NC State. Students are encouraged to build upon these areas by exploring their inner desires and the world around them. Through Park Scholarships funding and guidance, Sam Shain ’19 has taken full advantage of this ideal. He has studied abroad in Germany, participated in a sustainable business strategy course at Harvard, took a gap semester to
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Adrian Teegarden ’19 puts her creative mind to work to protect our oceans

Adrian Teegarden ‘19 pushes herself beyond her comfort zone when it comes to exploring her interests in marine science fieldwork and art. Since she has started the Park Scholarships program, Teegarden has discovered a myriad of opportunities to combine these seemingly unrelated fields. First, she studied abroad in New Zealand the summer after her freshman year where she learned about sustainability and Kiwi culture. While there, Teegarden was inspired by the native Maori concept of “kaitiakitanga,” which can be translated
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A path well taken

At the age of 15, Josh Sawyer ’03 unexpectedly performed CPR on a neighbor until first-responders arrived. It was this moment that catapulted his interest in medicine. Today, Sawyer is an ER physician at Eastern Carolina Emergency Physicians in Wilmington, N.C. His trajectory has been one full of highs and lows. Volunteering with EMS throughout college, attending Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, taking a year off from medical school to be a math teacher, five years of
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Daniel Snyder ‘12 Strengthens Leadership through Spirituality and Sense of Adventure

While his undergraduate degree is in biological engineering, Daniel Snyder ‘12 has opted to pursue what he calls a “supremely unconventional (and unexpected)” career path. For the past four years, he has tested and grown his leadership skills by running Discipleship Training School programs throughout New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

Gerald Elkan Aids Hundreds of Park Scholars in Pursuing High-Impact Experiences

NC State faculty have played a critical role in the Park Scholarships program since its inception 20 years ago, but few faculty members have been involved with the program as heavily or in as many ways as Dr. Gerald H. Elkan, professor emeritus of microbiology.

Carrie Farley ‘00 Takes on the World of Project Finance

Carrie Farley ’00 arrived at NC State expecting to graduate as an engineer. But instead of sitting in front of a computer screen writing code, she’s traveling the world.

Toilet Reinventer BJ Ward ‘09 Travels the World in Pursuit of Renewable Energy

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).

Aspiring Doctor Laila Knio ‘17 Gains Perspective through Travel

Late film director Mike Nichols once said, “There’s nothing better than discovering, to your own astonishment, what you’re meant to do. It’s like falling in love.” For Laila Knio ‘17, a psychology major and French minor, a series of experiences over the past year sparked her desire to prepare for a future medical career. She hopes to help those in great need of medical care, both in the U.S. and overseas.

February Park Enrichment Grants and Park Alumni Society Study Abroad Travel Stipends Awarded

posted 2013.03.05 The Park Enrichment Grant committee made the following awards to Park Scholars who submitted proposals by the February 1 deadline. Park Enrichment Grants Park Enrichment Grants provide support for Park Scholars engaged in professional and personal enrichment experiences in the United States and abroad. These awards, initiated in 1998, are designed to foster the development of scholarship, service, leadership, and character, as well as connect Scholars with faculty. These grants are awarded by the Park Enrichment Grant committee
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Becky Dobosy ’14 Travels to Italy to Explore Global Hunger Issues and Career Opportunities

posted 2012.04.06 In her efforts as a nutrition sciences major to address malnutrition in developing nations, Becky Dobosy ‘14 never expected to find herself in Western Europe, let alone Rome. As a member of the Alternative Service Break Italy team, Dobosy crossed the Atlantic to spend her spring break on a service-learning experience focusing on world hunger. Rome serves as the headquarters for the world’s leading international agricultural organizations that work to alleviate world hunger and promote sustainable development. Over
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