Instructions to Apply
Students interested in being considered for a Park Scholarship should follow the steps below. All materials must be submitted by November 1 and are completed online, except for submission of transcripts. Review the Frequently Asked Questions section for helpful information.
Please note: The "Park Scholarships Information" section is only visible to applicants endorsed or self-endorsed for the Park Scholarship (see sections below).
Endorsing Schools List
- Step 1: Students should review the Endorsing Schools List, updated late August each year. If their school is not listed, then they should skip to the Self Endorsement section below.
- Step 2: Students attending endorsing schools should first make their interest in being endorsed known to the officials in charge of scholarships at their high schools, which are usually the guidance counselors. Each school on the Endorsing Schools List only is permitted to endorse its two best candidates, according to the selection criteria of scholarship, leadership, service and character. If students determine they will not be endorsed, but believe they are as competitive as the endorsed candidates at their school, they should read the Self-Endorsement section on how to become a Park Scholarships candidate.
How can students at schools not on the Endorsing Schools List apply for a Park Scholarship?
- Students with clearly superior characteristics or achievements who do not attend an endorsing school are encouraged to complete a Self-Endorsement Form. This form is available from late August through October 25.
Can students at schools on the Endorsing Schools List apply without an endorsement?
- There may be outstanding students attending a school on the Endorsing Schools List who do not receive the school's endorsement. Such students also are welcome to complete a Self-Endorsement Form, which is available from late August through October 25. Students should pursue this option only if they consider themselves more competitive than the students endorsed by their high schools; otherwise, the selection committees likely will not consider them more competitive either.