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April 2020 Newsletter

Park Scholarships
From the Director, Eva Feucht
It has been a while since you last heard from the program and from me in particular. Apart from Final Selection Activities, I have been on parental leave since early November. My “return” last month involved transforming my dining room into an office and I now share a coworking space with the newest member of the family, baby Patrick.

So much has changed in the last month, but the resilience of Park Scholars has been remarkable. When NC State moved to online instruction over spring break, Park Scholars quickly looked for ways they could support each other and their communities.
Eva Feucht

Lauren Seigel '20 initiated a form to coordinate offers and access to support within the Park Scholarships community. Annie Haunton '22 led a Zoom call to reflect on the crisis and coordinate service opportunities. Jayna Lennon '20 and Jasmine Wang '20 continue to be involved in efforts to maintain Feed the Pack, NC State’s student-run food pantry. The Park Alumni Society is planning weekly video sessions to share helpful content when it’s most needed.

Dozens of Park alumni are medical professionals treating COVID-19 patients at great personal risk; others are entrepreneurs who've reshaped their businesses to maintain operations under shelter-in-place orders. Meanwhile, many in our community face uncertainty as jobs and summer plans have abruptly disappeared.

To bring us together, the Park Scholarships program is planning a virtual Undiscovered Luck networking seminar. Undiscovered Luck is an idea-generating seminar I take Park Scholars through during their freshman year. This time, we are creating an event open to all members of the Park community: Park Scholars and alumni, Park Faculty Scholars and mentors, supporters, parents, and more. If you are seeking employment opportunities, aware of available positions, or would like to discuss personal or professional challenges and goals, this is a good event to attend. We invite you to complete the interest form at by Wednesday, April 22 if you would like to participate in this low-pressure opportunity to build connections, share ideas, and support one another.

We could all use some good news right now and I don't want to neglect what was accomplished earlier this semester. In late January, 15 Park Scholars and several other NC State students hosted 100 high school students for the 11th annual Triangle Youth Leadership Conference, inspiring them to apply innovative approaches to improving their communities. The 16th annual Krispy Kreme Challenge raised $175,000 for the NC State Park Scholars Children’s Specialty Care Program at UNC Children’s, bringing the race’s cumulative donation to more than $1.87 million.

In February, we hosted 112 outstanding Class of 2024 Finalists for Final Selection Activities that coincided with a rare Raleigh snowfall. Thank you to the hundreds of people in the Park community who supported the selection and recruitment processes. We are excited to share with you the 25th class of Park Scholars soon.

More recently, Naila Segule '20 was named NC State’s first Payne Fellow, which provides up to $96,000 for graduate school and puts her on a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. Jayna Lennon '20 was awarded the Mathews Medal, NC State’s highest nonacademic honor, for her leadership and service to the university. Daniel Haller '22 and Noah Wolfe '22 were recently named Goldwater Scholars. Keya Pothireddy '23 will be one of NC State’s Social Innovation Fellows next year.

In this difficult moment, I can tell you that I have never been more proud of or grateful for the power of the Park community. Our community is an extraordinary resource and I am confident that we will get through this together. I wish you all the best and encourage you to reach out to me and to one another.

Undiscovered Luck
Chris Arbonies
Emily Holmes
Naila Segule
Nancy Ridenhour
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