Started in 2014, the Tyler Confrey-Maloney Study Abroad Grant is an endowment for students attending North Carolina State University. The endowment is available for Park Scholarship program scholars and was started by Dr. Jere Confrey and Dr. Alan Maloney, parents of 2013 NC State University graduate Tyler Confrey-Maloney who developed date rape prevention product, Undercover Colors, along with three other classmates.
The Park Scholarship program is named for the late Roy H. Park who is a 1931 graduate of NC State University. The program was started in 1996 and is dedicated to education, media and an understanding of the environment. It is a four-year scholarship valued at up to $107,000 for in-state students and up to $186,000 for out-of-state students. Since its inception, the program has seen 17 classes of Park students graduate from the University.
Dr. Confrey and Dr. Maloney were so happy with the impact that traveling abroad had on their son while he was a Park student at the University, they decided to contribute an endowment to ensure other students had the opportunity for travel. While studying at the university Confrey-Maloney traveled to South Africa and Belize. Upon returning from Belize, Confrey-Maloney started to advise other Park students about his experiences and persuaded them to pursue service-learning trips to the country.
In what would have been his junior year, Confrey-Maloney opted out of the Park scholarship to travel to South Africa. While there he furthered his interest in leadership development, photography and environmental preservation. Tyler served as program director for the inaugural TEDxTableMountain, and was able to intern at both the Biomimicry Institute in Cape Town and Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Hoedspruit. He was able to use the relationships he made with the Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to persuade six Park scholars to take summer internships there.
Confrey-Maloney graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering. His parents contributed much of Tyler’s development and positive experiences to traveling abroad and learning the ways of different cultures. Dr. Confrey said that she and Maloney “felt that since we saved money as Park parents, we would like to contribute an endowment to support other Park Scholars to study abroad as Tyler did. This is our first philanthropic contribution of this kind.”.