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Park Scholarships Class of 2021 Applicants Thread

lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
Semifinalist announcements come out on December 19th, so I thought I'd make a thread.

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Replies to: Park Scholarships Class of 2021 Applicants Thread

  • cler1010cler1010 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Hey! I've been looking for a thread like this. Where are you from? I attend a public high school in Johnston County, NC.
  • lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @cler1010 I'm from Birmingham, AL.

    I wasn't even considering NC State before I heard about the Park Scholarship, but I did an online tour and read a lot about the school, and it seems like a great fit for me.
  • cler1010cler1010 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Nice! Any stats you'd like to share?
  • lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @cler1010 I guess lol. I copied and pasted this from somewhere else, so it may be more info than you wanted.

    Academics:
    ACT Composite: 35 (Scored 35 on every section except writing)
    Class rank: 2/273
    GPA: 4.00/4.00 (Weighted 4.40/5.00)
    Coursework: I took 6 AP courses in Junior and Sophomore year, and I am currently taking 6 (By the end of high school, I will have taken 13 AP Exams). I have received five 5's and one 4 on my AP Exams. I have also taken 5 "PreAP" Courses

    Awards:
    National Merit Semifinalist, Eagle Scout, Alabama Governor's School Student, 2nd Place at Alabama Statewide Math Tournament, Alabama School of Fine Arts Young Writers’ Literary Awards 3rd Place Winner, National Honor Society Member

    Extracurriculars:
    BEST Robotics Team: Programmer (Sophomore and Junior year); Team Leader (Senior Year); Was programmer when team went to regional semifinals
    Marching Band: Section leader in state's largest marching band (Junior and Senior year)
    Samford Music Academy: Piano performer for 10 years; Member of Samford's Honor Ensemble which plays for retirement homes/hospitals
    Concert Band: Member of the top concert band for all of high school; received top scores at Music Performance Assessment in 2014 and 2015
    Boy Scouts: Senior Patrol Leader (2015); Eagle Scout
    Beta Club (service club): Secretary (Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year)
    Key Club (service club): Received an award for exemplary service in 2015
    Jazz Band: 1st Chair Trombone
    Homewood Math Team Member: received top 10 awards at 9 competitions from 2013-2016

    I think my essays were kind of bad, so at this point I think I'm not gonna make semifinalist
  • jruesmith7jruesmith7 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Semifinalist!!!! Anyone know how many finalists there are?
  • lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @jruesmith7 I got Semifinalist as well!!! I think they're are like 70-100 finalists
  • futureauteurfutureauteur Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    edited December 2016
    So I assume this means we have been accepted to NC State as well? I mean it would make sense considering we are semifinalists in a scholarship, but I haven't received anything from NC State admissions so.... are the processes tied or separate?
  • cler1010cler1010 Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Wait, how do you guys already know? I thought they came out the 19th? @jruesmith7 @lijrobert Where are you guys from ??
  • futureauteurfutureauteur Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    I'm from Georgia. I got an email with my acceptance attached to a link (like I clicked on the link and it had the letter) @cler1010
  • jruesmith7jruesmith7 Registered User Posts: 124 Junior Member
    Maryland!!

    Ugh, finalist weekend on the 17th and 18th, but I have my sister's wedding on the 18th that I definitely can't miss. Anyone have any suggestions about what I could do? loll
  • lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    I'm from Alabama.

    @jruesmith7 it sounds like you can't miss finalist weekend for any reason, but I wouldn't worry about it until after the semifinalist interview.
  • jbarejbare Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Current Junior Park Scholar here,

    About finalist weekend: non-negotiable, you have to be there. I had to miss my high school State Swim Meet (where I was favored to win top-3 in all my events).

    About all the interviews:
    Just relax and know your stuff. They will likely ask questions about Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. Expect to talk about potential successes, or what you might have done differently in certain situations, with respect to the 4 pillars. Expect to talk about a time you may not have succeeded in one of these areas, and how you learned from it. If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Out of state: Likely going to be a phone interview for semifinalist interview.

    If you guys have any questions, please ask me!
  • lijrobertlijrobert Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    @jbare Thank you so much for this information. It's really helpful to hear from someone who's made it through the process
  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 Registered User Posts: 3,485 Senior Member
    edited December 2016
    @jbare Thanks for the advice! I'll pass it along to my D. (You need more posts so I can PM you :) )
  • jbarejbare Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    How many posts is required for PMs? I just made this so I could help you guys out! :D
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