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Park Scholars


Apr 3, 2018

The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games

Park Scholars are working together on a Community Enrichment Initiative (CEI) titled The Special Olympics Play Unified: Invitational Games. It is an event sponsored by the NC State Unified Club and Special Olympics North Carolina, to pair NC State students and Special Olympic athletes. 


Mar 27, 2018

Two Internships, One Year

As a sophomore, NC State Park Scholar and political science major Aoife Sinclair already has built an impressive resume. For the past two semesters, she has taken a break from her on-campus studies to pursue internships with television programs "Sesame Street" and "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee." 

Mar 27, 2018

A Coffee Shop with a Purpose

Four Park Scholars in the Class of 2021 have started pop-up shop 321 Coffee, staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disorders. According to Lindsay Wrege, CEO, the organization is meant "to provide meaningful volunteer work experience for adults with special needs, as well as a space for the NC State and Raleigh [populace] to interact with the special-needs community." 

Madeline Finnegan

Mar 20, 2018

Park Scholar Lands Job with the Federal Reserve

Madeline Finnegan will continue her involvement with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York full-time after she graduates in May. Last summer, the NC State Park Scholar worked there as a summer research analyst, contributing as part of the financial intermediation team. 

Jan 15, 2018

Casey Sokolovic ’19 and Help Them LAST – Love a Sea Turtle

Park Scholar and marketing major Casey Sokolovic started a fundraiser for sea turtles when she was eight years old. She later combined her passion for turtles and the environment with a passion to help young people, creating an organization that runs youth summer camps, beach cleanups, water quality testing and other activities that connect kids to unique learning opportunities in her hometown of Greenville. 

The Belltower as seen from above.

Jan 8, 2018

Career Mentoring, From One Park Scholar to Another

Alumnus Dan Malechuk, vice president of Shamrock Foods, has helped current NC State student Parker Lee learn the ropes in food sales, including through an internship at his company. 

Dec 6, 2017

Felton Receives Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Park Scholar Kobi Felton -- an honors chemical and biomolecular engineering major with a minor in Spanish who also is a member of the University Scholars Program -- is NC State's third recipient of a Marshall Scholarship. The 2018 awards are being presented to 43 Americans chosen based on academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential to receive funding to pursue postgraduate study in the United Kingdom. 

Memorial Belltower lit up red

Dec 4, 2017

Two Anonymous Gifts Boost Park Scholarships

The Park Scholarships has received two anonymous donations totaling $700,000 this year to provide significant support for the program and its students. The assistance comes from families deeply entrenched in the Park community. 

Nov 21, 2017

Surviving the Shark Tank

Park Scholar alumnus Steven Mazur nearly came up short when he braved ABC-TV’s Shark Tank in late October in search of a $100,000 investment in his Detroit company, which sells clothes for men 5-foot-8 and under. But he and business partner Eric Huang wound up with more than they asked for. And it came from the tallest investor in the tank: Mark Cuban, the 6-foot-3 owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. 

Gateway to campus

Nov 6, 2017

Q&A with Park Scholars Alumni

In each class of Park Scholars, a few have eventually found themselves back in the place they first met: working at NC State – forging careers in scholarship, leadership, service and character. Find out a little more about who they are, what they do and how their perspective has evolved as they’ve witnessed NC State grow over the years.