Shane Conroy, a senior at Jordan-Matthews High School, has been awarded a Park Scholarship to attend N.C. State. The four-year scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and …
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Shane Conroy, a senior at Jordan-Matthews High School, has been awarded a Park Scholarship to attend N.C. State. The four-year scholarship is awarded on the basis of outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character.
Conroy is the son of Kathleen and Nathan Conroy of Siler City.
As captain of both the FIRST Robotics and Quiz Bowl teams, Conroy has honed his leadership skills while at J-M. He’s also excelled in other areas, including as a state finalist in DECA, and has served his community as a volunteer at the West Chatham Food Pantry. Conroy completed the Dual Language program, a K-12 initiative that prepares students to be bilingual in English and Spanish.
“N.C. State aligns with my academic interests in biology and math,” Conroy said. “The Park Scholarship program also offers enrichment grants for creative, service and research projects. They also have good support for internships and a strong alumni network.”
Conroy is one of 40 students selected for the Park Scholars Class of 2025, selected from a pool of more than 2,200 applicants from five countries, 42 states, and 97 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
“Right now, I’m planning to study bioprocessing, which is using cells to make chemicals, and statistics,” said Conroy. “Bioprocessing is going to become very important in fields like pharmaceuticals, and statistics helps us understand everything about the world.”
J-M social studies teacher Jay Palmer, who has taught Conroy in several classes, spoke highly of his academic achievements.
“Shane works diligently each and every day, task by task, to maximize his intellectual capacity,” said Palmer. “I have rarely encountered a student who possessed a willingness to work as hard as he does to fully realize his true potential.”
The Park Scholarships program develops and supports Park Scholars in scholarship, leadership, service, and character, preparing them for lifelong contributions to the campus, state, nation, and world. The Park Scholarship is a four-year scholarship valued at approximately $112,000 for in-state students and $203,000 for out-of-state students. Learn more about the Park Scholarships Program at park.ncsu.edu.