Sahib Chandi '20 has been selected for North Carolina State University's Park Scholarship, an award which recognizes outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
The scholarship covers tuition and fees, as well as room and board, and purchases of textbooks and supplies. It also offers grants to fund professional and personal enrichment, such as research, service activities, and conferences.
Chandi, who lives in Elizabeth City, N.C., said that he was not considering NC State as one of his top college choices until he heard about the Park Scholarship. “I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring," he said. When he visited the campus, he was impressed by the facilities; however, he was even more affected by the close friendships forged between those who are selected as Park Scholars. Only 40 students are selected for the honor each year, and it was clear that the cohort of scholars maintain close connections during their time at NC State and long afterward.
Chandi is a Global Health Fellow of the Batten Leadership Program. He has traveled to Belize, where he participated in a needs assessment survey. When he realized that many of the residents did not speak English, he used his Spanish skills to provide some translations.
The trips to Belize, and other volunteer work at the HOPES clinic in Norfolk, also piqued his interest in nutrition science, which he is exploring as a possible major in college. “I have learned from the Global Health Fellows that nutrition is a practical application of global health to effect change in communities at an individual level," he said.
Chandi is active in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. He runs cross country in the fall, and then participates in the musical and the spring play. He is president of the Cum Laude, the school's honor society, and co-editor-in-chief of Rings, Strings, and Other Things, the school's literary magazine. This spring, he won first in the senior essay category of the Elie Wiesel Student Competition sponsored by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater; his essay was entitled “I Believe in Humanity, but I Fear We Might Lose It."
He has served as a teacher's assistant for Horizons summer enrichment program in Norfolk, and he is planning to serve as a teacher for Breakthrough at Norfolk Academy this summer.
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