Class of 2012 GAA Scholars

In 2001, the GAA established a $500,000 scholarship endowment that provides the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid a means to help attract the best and brightest students. In 2007, the GAA Board of Directors added $50,000 to the endowment in honor of GAA President Doug Dibbert ’70 and his 25 years of service.

We’d like to introduce the eight students from the class of 2012 who were recognized as our newest GAA and Dibbert Scholars.

Astrid Aponte

  Dibbert Scholar
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
Major: Undecided; leaning toward biology
Professional plans: I plan on continuing my education through a Ph.D. and perhaps becoming a professional in the field of genetic engineering. I still don’t have concrete plans, though.
Favorite thing about Carolina: I love the atmosphere of the school. Every time I step foot on campus, I feel welcome. That’s what makes Carolina so special to me.

Adam Brawley

 Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Major: Undecided; leaning toward business
Professional Plans: Given my uncertainty regarding my major, it is hard for me to specify my professional plans.
Favorite thing about Carolina: “My favorite thing about Carolina is the unbelievable sense of community I feel when on campus.”

Brooke Cale

 Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Major: Planning to major in biology, but I’m also interested in international studies
Professional plans: Possibly getting into research, but I hope whatever job I get includes traveling abroad.
Favorite thing about Carolina: My favorite thing about Carolina has to be the sports. I love the atmosphere of everyone cheering on the sports teams loud and clear. I joined Carolina Fever, too! But I’m really honored to be a Scholar and I will work hard to stay one.

William Clayton

Dibbert Scholar
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Major: Undecided (possibly economics)
Professional plans: Undecided, but leaning toward the nonprofit sector
Favorite thing about Carolina: Finally getting here!

Mary Cooper

Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Major: Environmental studies and economics (maybe, likely to change)
Professional plans: Lawyer, environmental policy maker, someone who makes a difference
Favorite thing about Carolina: Having only stepped onto the campus three times, my favorite thing about Carolina is the people: they are always willing to give advice, always wearing a huge smile and always full of that Carolina spirit.

Melissa Ivin

Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
Major: Business and Spanish
Professional plans: Undecided
Favorite thing about Carolina: I love the school spirit, and I am definitely looking foward to the football and basketball games against Duke.

Luke Moffett

Hometown: Gibsonville, N.C.
Major: Undecided (possibly computer science or linguistics)
Professional plans: Also undecided, but I would like to pursue an international career
Favorite thing about Carolina: Kenan on Saturdays and Dean Dome every day.

Matthew Spangler

Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Major: Applied math
Professional plans: Undecided
Favorite thing about Carolina: Carolina is the perfect blend of a great education and an exciting social atmosphere, topped off by a beautiful campus with plenty to do.

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