Two Pitt County seniors have been selected for the 25th class of Park Scholars at North Carolina State University.
J.H. Rose High School's Rebecca Susan Chemmanam and South Central's Kennedy Lynn Fipps are among 41 students to receive the four-year scholarship, which is valued at more than $110,000 for in-state students.
Rebecca, daughter of Isaac Chemmanam and Marina Alexander, served as senior class president at Rose, where she was co-captain of her mock trial team and helped receive federal funding for the special needs program at the school.
She works with the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage to promote domestic violence awareness. A City of Greenville Youth Volunteer Award recipient, she plans to major in political science and computer science.
Kennedy, daughter of Edward Fipps and Sue Anne Pilgreen, is senior class president at South Central and also serves as president of the Pitt County Students Against Destructive Decisions Program.
A four-year starter on her school's varsity softball team, she received the 2019 Winterville Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Youth Award, was selected as a Health Sciences Academy Ambassador, and serves as a children's ministry leader at Opendoor Church. She plans to major in social work.
More than 2,100 applicants applied for the award, which is based on academic achievement, leadership, service and character. The Park Class of 2024 includes students from 11 U.S. states and 18 North Carolina counties.
The Park Scholarships program is one of the most prestigious and comprehensive undergraduate scholarship programs in the nation. It is named for the late Roy H. Park, an NC State alumnus who created the charitable Park Foundation which is dedicated to education, media and the environment.
The Park Foundation has committed nearly $145 million to support the scholarship since launching it with an initial grant in 1996.