Gray Stone student a Park Scholar

  • Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:26 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, May 17, 2013 5:27 p.m.
Catherine Joan Harward
Catherine Joan Harward

A Gray Stone Day School student is among the 44 Park Scholars to N.C. State University.

The Park Scholarships pay the full cost of attending N.C. State for four years, in addition to grants for undergraduate research and study abroad.


The scholarships were established in 1996 and named for the late Roy H. Park, a 1931 N.C. State alumnus who created the charitable Park Foundation, which has provided more than $70 million to fund the scholarships.

Catherine Joan Harward, the daughter of Patty and Marcus Harward of Richfield is among the 44 students chosen.  She serves as the student body president and the captain for the volleyball, basketball and softball teams.  She also has served as a class president, and member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society.  Catherine was also All-County and All-Conference in volleyball and basketball all four years.

For her service project while attending Gray Stone she sponsored the Play 4 Kay Cancer Awareness Project and raised $1,100 for cancer research.

Catherine is fifth generation in the livestock market industry and competes in cattle shows.  She has received the American Angus Auxiliary Achievement Award and the American Angus Bronze and Silver Award.  She also provides a livestock show for children with special needs at the N.C. State Fair.

Because of this interest in livestock, Catherine is majoring in animal science and hopes to become a veterinarian. 

“Being at Gray Stone Day School has helped prepare me for college as I have had to learn to budget my time between academics and other activities.  I am looking forward to being at N.C. State this fall and all the opportunities the Park Scholarship with provide for me,” said Catherine.

“We are certainly proud of Catherine as she has represented our school well and has worked hard to receive this accomplishment.  I know she will be very successful as she enters the college arena,” said Helen Nance, chief administrative officer at the school.

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