Students receive Park Scholarships

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 05:06 AM

Two high school seniors are North Carolina State Park Scholars.

Kyle Bingham and Meredith Mason have been selected to receive this scholarship, which covers the whole cost of education, while attending NC State University (NCSU).

“When I first found out, I just felt like I was on cloud nine and the feeling was unexplainable. For a few days after, I would forget and have to remind myself about the scholarship and then I would get excited all over again. It felt like my future was finally falling into place because NC State was my first college of choice and the Park was reassurance and icing on the cake,” Mason, an East Rutherford High School graduate, said. “Being a Park Scholar will give me so many opportunities and experiences that I would probably not have or choose to do on my own. Being a Park Scholar will help to keep me focused and to continue to challenge myself and set even higher goals.”

According to a press release, the Park Scholarships program brings exceptional students to NCSU based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character. The students were nominated by their schools and then went through an application and interview process in Asheville and in Raleigh before being selected. Only 44 students were selected for the scholarship this year.

“The Park Foundation’s vision of investing in bright, service-minded leaders as a means to improving our world will continue to thrive with this newest cohort,” said Park Scholarships Director Eva Feucht. “The Class of 2017 represents the best our nation has to offer, and they will bring their dedication to helping those around them to a university that shares that commitment. NC State is grateful to the Park Foundation and many other donors whose support makes this possible.”

Bingham, a Chase High School graduate, said that the interview process of the Park Scholarship and meeting other Park Scholars is what influenced his decision to attend NCSU. He is planning on majoring in chemistry while there. Bingham is the son of Sam and Linda Bingham of the Shiloh community.

“Really the best thing about it will be the alumni connections. We get a Parks mentor that keeps up with us and use of the alumni center, which is the best building ever,” Bingham said. “At NC State, having the Park Scholar attached to your name gives you some perks. You get priority registration after your freshman year and you get to hang out in a special room where you watch away NC State games.”

Mason is going to major in elementary education with a minor in Spanish. Mason is the daughter of Rick and Janet of Forest City.

“It feels incredible to be rewarded for so many years of hard work in this way and it is a testament to the wonderful college preparation and education I received through Rutherford County Schools,” Mason said. “I feel incredibly blessed to be chosen for this amazing opportunity and to relieve a huge financial stress from my parents who helped me through everything.”