Class of 2018 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 seven students from the class of 2018 who were recognized as our newest GAA and Dibbert Scholars.

Francis Alcorn

Francis AlcornHometown: Raleigh
Major: Chemistry
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: Asian Student Association, Club Fencing, Science Days; Intention of volunteering with the Learning Center and participating in undergraduate research
Professional plans: Research / Teaching
Why Carolina: Carolina offers me many things; an excellent education, an entertaining experience and a large variety of new avenues to explore, such as new subjects to study or new cultures to learn about. Most importantly to me, however, is the wealth of undergraduate research activities, which only a large research university like UNC can supply.

Murat Bozkurt

Murat BozkurtHometown: Born in Istanbul, Turkey; raised in Cary
Major: Business, Global Studies
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: GAPPL, CarolinaTHINK, Carolina Kickoff, Finance Society, UNC Sailing Team and various other organizations that peak my interest as time goes on
Professional plans: The future is an unknown, especially for me. However, for now, I’m interested in pursuing some form of international business and development.
Why Carolina: I came to UNC because of an accumulation of various experiences that paved a clear road for me to become a Tar Heel. Growing up in North Carolina, I was surrounded by everything UNC. From basketball games to performances at Memorial Hall to quiet walks through the quads, I saw what an amazing place Carolina really was. After my sister went to UNC, I realized the incredible amount of opportunities and resources I would have access to as well as being surrounded by likeminded change makers. Together, these embody what I see to be a boundless adventure.

Alexis Fairbanks


Hometown: Wake Forest
Major: Physics
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: UNC Lens, Club Track, Swing Dance Club
Professional plans: Free-lance photographer (hopefully!)
Why Carolina: North Carolina is home.

Brandon Feaster

BrianHometown: Winston-Salem
Major: Biology
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: Pre-Medical Association, Chancellor’s Science Scholars
Professional plans: Physician
Why Carolina: Carolina has always been my dream school since I was a child. The first time I stepped on campus I could tell that this school was a great match for me.

Josh Gray

JoshHometown: Raleigh
Major: Biology, Mathematics
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: I am currently participating in club swimming, “Cru” campus ministry, Carolina Scientific (research publication), the Carolina Research Scholars Program and the Carolina Math Club
Professional Plans: My professional plans post-undergraduate are to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon or do medical research.
Why Carolina: UNC seemed like an amazing place to both grow intellectually and also to form great friendships and connections that will last throughout my life. Also, UNC has a beautiful campus and a very outstanding faculty committed to research.

Pallavi Gulati

PallaviHometown: Cary
Major: Business, Japanese
What activities are you taking part in at Carolina: American Parliamentary Debate Association, Buckley Public Service Scholars Program, Dialectic Philanthropic Society, AAP Activities at Kenan-Flagler
Professional Plans: Law School
Why Carolina: The people I met were just so happy to be here, and the love that they had for the school really made me love it too. UNC also gave me many great academic opportunities and professors.

James Mace

Dibbert Scholar

Photo and bio coming soon…

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