NC State names 44 Park Scholars; 7 are from the Triangle

jstancill@newsobserver.comMay 3, 2013 

— N.C. State University on Friday announced the names of 44 Park Scholarship recipients for study starting this fall.

The winners, including seven students from the Triangle, were selected from a pool of 1,650 applicants.

The merit scholarship covers the full cost of education for four years at N.C. State. In addition to the monetary award, the students are given an array of other enrichment activities, including grants for research projects and study abroad opportunities.

The awards were established in 1996 and named for the late Roy Park, a 1931 NCSU alumnus who founded the charitable Park Foundation. The foundation has provided more than $70 million to support 180 scholars since the scholarship’s inception.

Triangle-area winners are:

• Samuela Amara Fernandes of Chapel Hill, daughter of Benedict and Marisa Fernandes. She attends Chapel Hill High School, where she is president of a theater club, captain of the synchronized ice skating team and member of two honor societies. She won the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Community Service.

• Vishwas Rao of Chapel Hill, son of Narasinga and Veena Rao. He attends East Chapel Hill High School where he is treasurer of the Model United Nations Club and an officer of the Science Club. He attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina for the study of music. He plays the flute and percussion and sings Indian classical music.

• Alex Carlisle Brown of Cary, son of Scott and Debbie Brown. He attends Cary High School where he is founder of the Biology Club, an officer in the National Honor Society and a member of the yearbook staff. He is an Eagle Scout and active in the charity Stop Hunger Now.

• Rizwan Krishan Dard of Cary, son of Atmtul and Ahmad Dard. He attends Panther Creek High School, where he is president of the Leo Club and Spanish Club. He has organized blood drives at his school and is active in Stop Hunger Now. He received the Mayor’s Award for Volunteering.

• Lauren Isabel Frey of Raleigh, daughter of H. Christopher Frey and Caren Ostrow. She attends Enloe High School, where she is student body president, founding president of the Diversity Club and leader of the United Student Success Team. She tutors in an afterschool program.

• Laila Imad Knio of Raleigh, daughter of Imad and Patty Knio. She attends Athens Drive High School, where she is vice president of the National Honor Society and co-president of the Psychology Club and French Club. She volunteers with the Cary Health and Rehabilitation Center.

• Mikayla Elizabeth Raleigh of Raleigh, daughter of Brian and Jill Raleigh. She attends Athens Drive High School, where she is president of the senior class, vice president of Key Club and co-captain of the varsity cross-country team. She created a fitness training business for young athletes and is a member of a competitive cheerleading team.

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