FAQ: The Selection Process
- By what criteria are Park Scholarships candidates evaluated?
- Is financial need taken into consideration for the Park Scholarships?
- When are Park Scholars selected?
- When will I know about my status?
- How many students apply for the Park Scholarship each year?
- Do Park Scholarships finalists automatically receive an invitation to join the University Scholars Program?
- Can Park Scholarships be deferred?
- What are Park Scholarships interviews like?
- May I reschedule semifinal or final interviews if I have a conflict?
By what criteria are Park Scholarships candidates evaluated?
At every stage of the process, the selection committee evaluates all candidates on the following criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Is financial need taken into consideration for the Park Scholarships?
No, the Park Scholarships are merit-based awards, and financial need is not a selection criterion. Park Scholarships candidates should also apply for need-based aid if they think they may be eligible. For more information, visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.
When are Park Scholars selected?
The new class of Park Scholars is announced in early March.
When will I know about my status?
How many students apply for the Park Scholarship each year?
Over 1,600 highly qualified candidates are expected to apply for the Park Scholarship this year.
Do Park Scholarships finalists automatically receive an invitation to join the University Scholars Program?
Yes, the University Scholars Program (USP) invites all Park Scholarships finalists to participate in the USP. For more details on the USP, visit the USP website.
Can Park Scholarships be deferred?
Yes, in fact we encourage students to defer their university studies for one year to travel or work abroad or to engage in some other 'gap year' activity. Incoming students may request a deferral in writing.
What are Park Scholarships interviews like?
Interviews usually last 20-30 minutes and are conducted by a panel of 2-4 alumni and faculty. Students should expect questions related to the selection criteria and their applications. Candidates do not need to study for interviews, but should review their applications beforehand. Interviews also provide candidates an opportunity to ask questions about the Park Scholarships and NC State.
May I reschedule semifinal or final interviews if I have a conflict?
We regret that we cannot reschedule interviews. Hundreds of alumni, faculty, and current Park Scholar volunteers are involved with semifinal and final interviews; we are unable to arrange alternate dates. Thus, we provide notification of the possible interview dates well in advance.