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CSSE student awarded prestigious Park Scholarship

PITTSBORO — Chatham School for Science and Engineering student Dylan Philipps has been offered a Park Scholarship to North Carolina State University. 

The Park Scholarships program — one of the most prestigious scholarship programs in the nation — brings exceptional students to N.C. State based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, and prepares them to make lifelong contributions to communities throughout the world, according to the university. 

“I am so proud of Dylan and delighted that she has gotten the recognition she deserves for her scholarship and leadership,” said CSSE Principal Bobby Dixon. “She is one of the most conscientious and ambitious students I know who always puts forth 100 percent in all that she does.  She is a wonderful young lady who works hard to achieve her goals.  I hope N.C. State knows how lucky they are to have her, she will represent NCSU and herself well."

About 42 Park Scholars will comprise the Class of 2026. They were chosen from among 2,260 candidates from across North Carolina and around the globe. The Selection Committee based its decisions on the candidates' demonstrated accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, as evidenced by their performance in interviews and assessments conducted by N.C. State faculty members and alumni.

The four-year scholarship that Dylan received is valued at $116,000, covering tuition, fees, and room and board at N.C. State. As a Park Scholar, Dylan will also receive a generous stipend toward personal expenses and the purchase of a new computer. Park Scholars have access to enrichment grants to pursue research, service, or creative projects, and have access to alumni-funded travel grants for study abroad. In addition to these benefits, Park Scholars participate in retreats, field learning experiences, and civic engagement initiatives, as well as mentorships with some of N.C. State's world-class faculty members.

“Park Scholars do an exemplary job of carrying out N.C. State's mission of creating economic, social, and intellectual prosperity,” N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson said. “Our job is to give them the tools that they need to make the difference that they seek to make in the world.”