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Aisha Mahmood in Amman, Jordan

Dec 5, 2022

One Place, Three Perspectives

Aisha Mahmood, a Park Scholar majoring in genetics and international studies, is one of three members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences to have recently visited Amman, Jordan. She did so by receiving a grant to participate in a Counseling and Humanitarian Action study-abroad program. 

Wolf Plaza in the fall

Nov 21, 2022

Park Class of 2026 Reflects on the First Few Months at NC State

Four Park Scholars reflect on the first four months of their college experience. From football games to Freshman Retreat, they all had one thing in common: They can’t wait for what is next! 


Nov 14, 2022

Minh-Thu Dinh is NC State’s 2022 Leader of the Pack

Electrical engineering major and Goodnight Scholar Minh-Thu Dinh received the award during NC State’s homecoming football game. Chemistry/science education major and Park Scholar Zachary VanHekken was also recognized for having the highest GPA among the finalists. 

Isaac Drown infographic

Oct 25, 2022

Park Scholar Isaac Drown Talks About His Journey to NC State

Isaac Drown, a freshman studying parks, recreation and tourism management in the College of Natural Resources, is one of 42 NC State students to be named to the 27th class of Park Scholars. We recently spoke with Drown about his journey to the College of Natural Resources and the impact he hopes to make through his work in the Park Scholars program. 

Jeanine Ikekhua, left, at the WUNC radio station. Photos courtesy of Jeanine Ikekhua.

Oct 25, 2022

Student Intern Takes to the Airwaves

Park Scholar Jeanine Ikekhua loves interviewing people and telling stories. So, when the junior double majoring in communication and international studies learned about an internship opportunity at WUNC, she jumped at the chance. 

Incoming class of 2022 welcome event

Oct 11, 2022

Meet the Incoming Class for 2022

Meet five students from 2022’s incoming class, all of whom are finding connections in the various communities that comprise NC State. Donor support enhances the programs, scholarships and initiatives that help our students thrive. 

Wolf statue

Oct 11, 2022

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Gerald Elkan

Dr. Gerald Elkan, a dear friend of the Park Scholarships program and beloved NC State professor, passed away on Sept. 28, 2022. Friends of Dr. Elkan are invited to gather in Talley Student Union 4280 on Nov. 7 from 4-5 p.m. to celebrate his life before attending this year’s Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, which was named in his honor. 

Rusty and Selena Mau

Oct 4, 2022

NC State Couple Stay Connected to Alma Mater Through Annual Giving

Rusty and Selena Mau met through the Park Scholarships program at NC State. Since graduating in 2015, they have stayed engaged with the university in a number of ways, primarily by giving back. 

Wolf Plaza

Oct 4, 2022

Park Class of 2023 Nominates Molly Barker for the 24th Annual William C. Friday Award

Molly Barker is an educator, triathlete, author and social visionary, as well as the founder of two nonprofit organizations. Nominated by the Park Scholarships program’s class of 2023 for her commitment to unraveling limiting cultural and societal stereotypes about gender, Barker will be presented with the William C. Friday Award on October 27 at 5:30 p.m. in Talley Student Union’s Piedmont Ballroom. 

The wolf wood sculpture in Talley Student Union

Sep 27, 2022

Former Park Faculty Scholar Named Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Relations

Clifford Griffin, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, was recently named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Relations. As a result, the former Park Faculty Scholar will have the opportunity to conduct research at the International Relations Institute at the University of Sao Paulo this year.