A Pitt County teen has been awarded a prestigious honor, an award that will mean tens of thousands of dollars for her education. Below is the news release from Pitt County Schools.
Alyssa Moriah Young Torres, a senior at J. H. Rose High School, was among 55 students that North Carolina State University has named Park Scholars for the Class of 2013. These prestigious awards are valued at nearly $75,000 for North Carolina residents and $130,000 for out-of state students. More than 1,200 applications were received for this year's class, and 200 NC State faculty and alumni reviewed the candidates in a three-stage selection process. More than 100 finalists were invited to participate in final selection activities.
Alyssa will graduate from J. H. Rose High School in June where she is a DREAM Team officer, Co-Captain of the girls Cross Country team, and a participant in the Pitt County Teen Leadership Program. She is a volunteer at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, with over 300 hours of service, a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar, and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors. Alyssa plans to major in Architecture and Design. She is the daughter of Alex and Joni Torres from Greenville, NC.
Selection criteria for the merit-based Park Scholarships include academic achievement; personal characteristics such as character, integrity and motivation; exceptional leadership potential; and commitment to the betterment of one's community. The scholarships are renewable each year, based on academic achievement and personal conduct.
The Park Scholarships program is among America's most prestigious undergraduate merit scholarship programs. The scholarship pays expenses for four years of study at NC State, and includes a computer stipend and funds for academic enrichment activities. On campus, scholars participate in a series of activities designed to hone their leadership skills and deepen their commitment to public service, from interactive learning labs in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., to a first-year leadership seminar and speaker series. Scholars can also apply for research and artistic grants or scholarships to study abroad. The Park Foundation of Ithaca, N.Y., established the scholarships at NC State in 1996 with an initial gift to support 25 Park Scholars. The scholarships are named in honor of the late Roy H. Park, who died in 1993. Park was a distinguished alumnus of NC State and president of Park Communications Inc., a conglomerate of newspapers, television and radio stations that reached one-third of all American homes.