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Julius Tillery holding cotton in a field

Oct 19, 2021

Julius Tillery Receives William C. Friday Award

Tillery, a distinguished figure and leader in environmental, agricultural and racial justice in North Carolina, was selected by the Park Scholarships program’s Class of 2022 for his outstanding advocacy for North Carolina’s agricultural and environmental sectors. He was presented with the award Oct. 15 during a ceremony in the Hunt Library Auditorium. 

Flowers in front of the Park Shops

Oct 5, 2021

Join the Park Scholarships Program in Welcoming Nikkiya White and Meghan Hunt

An in-person event will be held Oct. 6 and an online event Oct. 8 to welcome two of the newest members of the Park Scholarships staff to the program and NC State communities. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 


Sep 28, 2021

Park Scholarships Welcomes Meghan Hunt

The Park Scholarships program is pleased to welcome Meghan Hunt to its staff. As the assistant director of development, a position that supports efforts to fully endow the program, Hunt will plan, organize and implement strategies to increase engagement and annual giving. 

Brent and Laura Bumgarner at Carter-Finley Stadium with a screen displaying thanks for their generosity to NC State

Sep 6, 2021

Park Parent and Selection Committee Member Brent Bumgarner Pledges 9th Co-Named Park Scholarship

Brent Bumgarner and his wife, Laura, made the commitment to fund a co-named Park Scholarship in their estate plans, submitting the paperwork on NC State Day of Giving in March 2021. Their $350,000 endowment will be matched by existing Park Foundation funds to cover one Park Scholarship in perpetuity. 

From left: Park Scholars Mia de los Reyes ’16, Chris Cooper ’17, Nikhil Milind ’21 and Ana Sofia Uzsoy ’21

Aug 30, 2021

4 Questions for NC State’s 4 Churchill Scholars

This spring, Park Scholars Nikhil Milind ’21 and Ana Sofia Uzsoy ’21 were named NC State’s third and fourth Churchill Scholars, following in the footsteps of Park alumni Mia de los Reyes ’16 and Chris Cooper ’17. The Churchill Scholarship facilitates scientific exchange between the U.S. and the U.K. by sponsoring graduate-level study at the University of Cambridge for 15-17 students, including full tuition, a stipend, travel costs and the chance to apply for a special research grant. 

Dr. Holly Ray

Aug 9, 2021

A Passion for Care

Park Scholar Holly Ray ’06 developed an interest in health care during high school while helping to care for her grandfather who had Alzheimer’s disease. Since December 2018, she has served as the medical director of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Surgery Navigation Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, putting into practice the skills and life lessons the Park program instilled in her. 

Zack Jenio

Jul 19, 2021

An Enriched Experience

Zack Jenio ’22 has received 10 Park Enrichment Grants for experiences including study abroad, linguistics training, wellness coach certification and osteoarthritis research, and he plans to apply for more during his final year at NC State. 

Anushri Desai ’10 (second from left) with her brother, Svetang, and parents, Maya and Vijay

Jul 5, 2021

A Growing Impact: Desai Family Gift Brings Additional Park Scholar to NC State

During this year’s Park Scholarships application cycle, a candidate asked Selection Committee volunteer Anushri Desai ’10 what she would change about the program if she could. Her answer was immediate: have more Park Scholars. A gift from Anushri’s father, Vijay Desai, has provided the funding to do just that. 

Emily Neville

Jun 29, 2021

Treasure From Trash

Park Scholar Emily Neville ’20 majored in political science and minored in French, but now she’s rocking the design and textile worlds with Reborn, her company that turns old clothes and scraps into fashionable keepsakes. “Everybody’s got things piled up in their closet that they aren’t going to wear anymore,” she says. “Those things don’t need to wind up in the landfill.” 

The copper wolves of Wolf Plaza on a summer day.

Jun 22, 2021

New Programming Provides Opportunity for Park Scholars To Examine Racial Inequity

In the summer of 2020, with funding from the One Park One Pack: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Fund, the Park Scholars program embarked on a process to add programming on systemic racism and its impact to provide students with foundational knowledge essential for understanding and addressing racial injustice. That led to the addition of a three-part session designed to introduce students to the impact of racial inequality in the United States this spring.