In the brief time since she graduated as a Park Scholar from North Carolina State University, Crystal Conway ‘06 has made a significant impact on the lives of countless children.
Through her work as Director of Special Projects at the Children’s Miracle Network in Springfield, Missouri, Conway assists with raising funds for hospitals that provide specialized medical care for sick and injured children. These hospitals participate in research as well as sponsor educational programs to prevent hospital visits.
Outside of her work with the Children’s Miracle Network, Conway serves as president of Helping Overcome Pediatric Emergencies (H.O.P.E) Sertoma, an organization which she co-founded. A women’s service group, H.O.P.E. Sertoma’s mission is to provide financial and emotional support to children who face pediatric emergencies and their families. The organization offers funding to assist with expenses such as travel, medical equipment and living costs which are not covered by insurance.
“Starting my own nonprofit and foundation was something I wanted to accomplish in my life and because of the background the Park Scholarships program provided, I was able to do just that,” Conway says. “The program gave me the confidence and tools I needed in order to be successful, and I don’t think I would be where I am today if I had not been a Park Scholar.” Conway also credits her relationship with Park Faculty Mentor, Dr. John Griggs, as a key part of her experience.
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