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Park Scholars

Jun 5, 2017

Working to Foster Unity

Krystal Smith, a Park Scholar and Caldwell Fellow alumna, works as university engagement director and director of special projects for the Veritas Forum, an organization committed to creating opportunities for college students and faculty to engage in meaningful conversations. 

Jun 5, 2017

Looking Back at Big Moments for the Park Class of 2017

The Park Class of 2017 made a significant impact at NC State and elsewhere throughout the nation and world – from parks and natural spaces here in the Triangle, to the Belize National Zoo, to an archaeological excavation site in the ancient city of Petra. 

May 22, 2017

Park Scholar Wins Fulbright

Vishwas Rao, a recent graduate in chemistry, will conduct research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, thanks to the prestigious award. 

May 8, 2017

New Park Scholars Named

The Park Scholars program announces the 39 members of its Class of 2021. 

May 8, 2017

Studying the Complexities of Tribal Sovereignty in North Carolina

The Park Scholars Class of 2020 explored the obstacles that leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Lumbee Tribe face in exercising their rights of tribal sovereignty and self-determination during a learning lab program. 

Apr 25, 2017

Building a Career in the Emerald City

Park Scholar alumna Claire Shigekawa Rennhack (’08) works for Miller Hull Partnership, a firm known for its environmentally responsible buildings and contributions to Pacific Northwest regionalist design, and as a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington. 

Apr 19, 2017

March Madness Giving Back

This year marks the completion of the fifth annual Park Scholarships March Madness: a two-pronged, friendly competition between current scholars to see which class will have the highest percentage of donor participants and contribute the highest dollar amount. Led by the new Park Philanthropy Council, a group of scholars dedicated to instilling a desire to give back and sustain the Park program for generations to come, this year's March Madness resulted in more than $11,000 in gifts. 

Apr 19, 2017

Park Scholars Host Inaugural Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture

NC State’s Park Scholarships Class of 2019 hosted the program’s inaugural Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture in Science and Society, featuring MacArthur Fellow and water quality engineer Dr. Marc Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. The Gerald H. Elkan Distinguished Lecture on Science and Society was established by its namesake’s former students, associates and friends in honor of Elkan’s 40-year career as a microbiology professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and it supports an annual talk by a prominent thought leader. 

The top of the Memorial Bell Tower at NC State.

Apr 10, 2017

Finding Inspiration in Teaching

Julianne Donoghue, a 2014 Park Scholar alumna, found her purpose at NC State. A Teach for America veteran, she teaches mathematics at a Title I high school in Charlotte, where many students come from low-income families and teacher turnover is rampant 

Apr 10, 2017

Trying to Capture A Common Link

Laila Knio, a senior psychology major and a Park Scholar, has created a 45-minute documentary, The Common Link, that chronicles the tales of eight Lebanese people. The film's debut this month is presented ty the departments of English and film studies, the Honors Program and the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.