John Coggin, a recipient of the Park Scholarship, discusses the many benefits of the Park program and how the Park Scholarship influenced his college career. Interview on May 30, 2012. (1:46)

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I think the Park program at NC State 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:02.125
really helped shape me and my leadership skills 00:00:02.125 - 00:00:08.391
in very wonderful ways. 00:00:08.391 - 00:00:11.624
Through that I was the publicity manager for Service Raleigh in its tenth year, 00:00:11.624 - 00:00:20.020
so I was able to get the word out to students 00:00:20.020 - 00:00:23.210
about this wonderful day of service and we ended up having 00:00:23.210 - 00:00:26.428
a thousand more people try to sign up for it than we had spots for. 00:00:26.428 - 00:00:30.377
So that was really exciting and 00:00:30.377 - 00:00:32.882
through that I was able to learn how to be in charge of 00:00:32.882 - 00:00:35.425
a subcommittee within a larger committee 00:00:35.425 - 00:00:37.803
and those different levels of bureaucracy. 00:00:37.803 - 00:00:41.745
We had trips to Washington, DC 00:00:41.745 - 00:00:46.440
where I was able to talk to a Supreme Court justice 00:00:46.440 - 00:00:49.190
and the publisher of USA Today 00:00:49.190 - 00:00:51.192
and lots of different experiences like that that 00:00:51.192 - 00:00:55.671
I don't think I would have had if I hadn't had that experience. 00:00:55.671 - 00:00:59.266
I was also put into a community of people that remains 00:00:59.266 - 00:01:03.296
a good support system for me 00:01:03.296 - 00:01:05.548
and just quite pragmatically 00:01:05.548 - 00:01:10.798
because of the financial gift that they bestowed upon me 00:01:10.798 - 00:01:15.062
I was able to partake in so many other extracurricular activities, 00:01:15.062 - 00:01:20.295
particularly study abroad, that I wouldn't have been able to if I hadn't had that. 00:01:20.295 - 00:01:24.468
In fact in one of the trips to the Galapagos they 00:01:24.468 - 00:01:27.271
even additionally helped me with some travel costs for that. 00:01:27.271 - 00:01:30.362
So the Park program was truly a blessing on my college career. 00:01:30.362 - 00:01:38.509

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