Newton, NC — March 8, 2016 — Local Discovery High School senior and Newton-Conover City School student Aoife Sinclair has recently been named a recipient of North Carolina State University’s prestigious Park Scholarship — the only recipient to be named in Catawba County this year.
The Park Scholarship provides its recipients with a $100,000 scholarship at $25,000 per year for four years, and is the University’s most prestigious honor. Prospective applicants were narrowed from a pool of 2,000 candidates to 112 finalists. These 112 finalists participated in a day of interviews by 220 NC State and Park Scholarships alumni, where the candidates were screened for “exceptional potential in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character,” according to Program Director Eva Feucht.
From these 112 finalists, only 35 were named award recipients to join the 21st class of Park Scholars. Aoife’s place among them demonstrates her commitment to excellence in all aspects of her academic career.
Feucht also shared just how much weight the program carries.
“You and your family should be proud of your achievements – all of which have merited your selection as a Park Scholar. The Park Scholarships program will measurably enhance the quality of your undergraduate experience, support your efforts to develop an effective leadership style, and enable you to make a significant contribution toward the improvement of our society,” said Feucht.
Among the 35 other internationally-selected recipients from across the globe, Aoife will receive an estimated award valued at $22,500 in the first year of the program for NC residents, covering the full cost of tuition, room and board, textbooks, academic supplies, personal expenses, and a personal computer and peripherals.
To learn more about the program, visit the Park Scholars webpage online at park.ncsu.edu.