Park Scholar Initiatives

Krispy Kreme Challenge

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an annual tradition at NC State. The event, founded and led by Park Scholars, is a race that’s best described by the numbers: 5 miles, 12 donuts, 60 minutes or less.

However, the challenge is more than a gastric and physical endurance test. What started with 11 individuals has grown to approximately 8,000 participants annually. Since its inception in 2004, the event has raised more than $1.9 million for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

Service Raleigh

Service Raleigh is the largest student-coordinated service project in the Triangle. The event was first launched in 1998 as a collaboration between Park Scholarships and NC State Student Government. Service Raleigh has grown to include nearly 2,000 volunteers and generates approximately 6,000 hours of community service each year to benefit residents of the greater Wake County area. Projects range from labeling storm drains with the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation to collecting and distributing food with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

Triangle Youth Leadership Services

Triangle Youth Leadership Conference 2013

Founded eleven years ago by a group of Park Scholars, Triangle Youth Leadership Services (TYLS) is a two-day youth leadership conference that partners dozens of NC State students with hundreds of high school students from across the state to problem-solve real-life community challenges through a design-thinking lens informed by workshops and speakers trained to hone their creative potential. At the end of the event, they deliver a concrete solution that they, even as high school students, can pursue. In 2013, TYLS won the national Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition and placed 2nd in the Service to Youth Category of the Jefferson Awards for Public Service.