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40 Students Awarded Study Abroad Scholarships

Carolina has awarded more than $99,000 in privately funded, need- and merit-based scholarships to 40 undergraduates for participation in summer and fall study abroad programs.

Recipients represent majors including exercise and sport science, dramatic art, anthropology, business administration and Slavic languages. They are studying in cities around the world, including Beijing; Cape Town, South Africa; Dublin, Ireland; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Amman, Jordan. The UNC Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 320 study abroad programs in more than 70 countries. Approximately 1,200 Carolina undergraduates go abroad each year through college programs.

“We are excited to be able to award so many scholarships, especially given the weakness of the U.S. dollar, increases in the cost of airfares and other factors that are raising the cost of studying abroad,” said Bob Miles, associate dean for study abroad and international exchanges in the College. “The generosity of our alumni is enabling more and more Carolina students to participate in an academic program abroad.”

The scholarships awarded for summer and fall programs are supported by 13 endowment funds established by private donors. They are part of the more than $19 million raised for study abroad programs and scholarships during the Carolina First Campaign, which ended Dec. 31.

The scholarships, donors who established them and recipients of 2008 summer and fall study abroad programs are listed below.

Bejarano-Benning Study Abroad Scholarship for Latin America

Leslie Benning ’79 of New York and her husband, Dr. Rafael Bejarano, established this scholarship in 2003. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched their gift. The fund provides at least one scholarship annually for study in Latin America. The latest recipient is:

  • Andrew Heiser, a senior Spanish major from Chapel Hill, who is participating in the Medical Spanish program at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico this summer.

Michael L. and Matthew L. Boyatt Award

Michael Boyatt ’56 of Beech Mountain established this fund in 1996 with his son, Matthew, of Durham, who received undergraduate and law degrees from Carolina in 1997 and 2002, respectively. The fund provides merit-based study abroad awards for undergraduates majoring in international studies or history. The latest recipient is:

  • Victoria Ma, a sophomore business administration and international studies major from Raleigh, who is enrolled as an exchange student for the fall semester at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.

Gravely Family Study Abroad Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2006 by Lee Stevens Gravely of Rocky Mount and her four children, all UNC alumni: Frances Gravely ’77 (MEd) and Susan Gravely ’73, of Chapel Hill; Steve Gravely ’74, of Pittsboro; and Page Gravely ’83, of Middleburg, Va. The award honors the late Lloyd Lee Gravely ’43. The Gravely fund provides annual study abroad scholarships, with preference for students from North Carolina. The latest recipients are:

  • Andrew Pippin, a junior business administration and French major from Charlotte, who is attending the IES: Arles summer program (International Education of Students) in France;
  • Clayton Thomas, a sophomore from Cary, who is part of the summer Burch Field Research Seminar in Istanbul, Turkey; and
  • Amanda Newport, a sophomore linguistics major from Lillington, who is enrolled in the Freie Universitaet Berlin International Summer University in Germany.

Anthony and Hope Harrington Study Abroad Scholarship

Anthony Harrington ’63, former chair of the GAA Board of Directors, and his wife, Hope, of Easton, Md., created the fund supporting this award with a gift in 2004. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched their gift. The Harringtons established the scholarship to honor former Chilean President Ricardo Lagos, who taught at UNC in 1974 and 1975. Harrington also is a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil. Lagos received an honorary degree from UNC in 2001. The fund awards scholarships annually for study abroad in Latin America. The latest recipients are:

  • Adelia Odom, a junior political science major from Charlotte, who is enrolled in a summer program at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico that is sponsored by the UNC APPLES (Assisting People in Planning Learning Experiences in Service) program and the International Partnership for Service Learning;
  • Jessica Hanson, a junior Latin American studies and chemistry major from Raeford, who is enrolled in the summer Medical Spanish program at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico;
  • Lashé James, a senior psychology and exercise and sport science major from Mebane, who is participating in the new UNC Exercise Physiology-Sports Nutrition summer program in Montevideo, Uruguay; and
  • Jaclyn Arnson, a junior education major from Alpharetta, Ga., who is studying in the COPA: Buenos Aires summer program in Argentina. COPA-Cooperating Programs in the Americas-is a consortium of four universities, including Carolina, with programs in Argentina and Chile.

Harris Teeter Study Abroad Scholarship Program

This scholarship was established in 2004 by gifts from Harris Teeter and the Dickson Foundation Inc. Harris Teeter, the Charlotte-based supermarket chain, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ruddick Corp., whose former chairman is Alan Dickson of Charlotte, a Dickson Foundation trustee. The fund provides annual scholarships for students from North Carolina, with preference for Harris Teeter associates or their children. The latest recipients are:

  • Isabella Archer, a sophomore French and international studies major from Chapel Hill, who is participating in the UNC Amman Jordan Women Studies Summer program;
  • Jennifer Griffin, a junior anthropology and linguistics major from Raleigh, who is attending the South American Archaeology Field School this summer in Moche Valley, Peru;
  • Erin Murphy, a sophomore international studies major from Elizabeth City, who is spending the summer in Russia with the UNC in Moscow program;
  • John Tobben; a sophomore psychology major from Charlotte, who is studying in the UNC in Sevilla summer program in Spain; and
  • Cory Andrews, a junior Spanish and political science major from Charlotte, who is enrolled in the School for International Training’s Economic Development and Globalization program in Santiago, Chile for the fall semester.

Leonard G. and Rozelia S. Herring Study Abroad Award Fund

Leonard Herring ’48 and his wife, Rozelia, of North Wilkesboro established this scholarship in 2005. The fund provides scholarships for students with demonstrated financial need and academic merit to support participation in semester or yearlong study abroad programs. The latest recipients are:

  • Elena Araujo Borisoff, a senior international studies major from Greenville, who is enrolled for the fall semester at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador;
  • Tessa Bialek, a senior political science major from East Lansing, Mich., who is studying for the fall semester in the School for International Training’s Social Movement and Human Rights program in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sydney DuPre, a junior English major from Raleigh, spending the fall semester in South Africa as part of the Honors Semester in Cape Town program; and
  • Mary Meadowcroft, a junior linguistics major from Hope Mills, who is attending the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for the fall semester.

Joe Henry Jenkins and Jenny C. Jenkins Study Abroad and International Experience Fund

This fund was established in 2004 to honor members of the Jenkins family, longtime residents of Dare County and eastern North Carolina. Awards from the fund will support study abroad or international experiences for undergraduates from eastern North Carolina. The latest recipient is:

  • Erin Murphy, a sophomore international studies major from Elizabeth City, who will spend the summer in Russia with the UNC in Moscow program.

Charles Garland Johnson Sr. Scholarships

Carolina alumni Mary Anne Johnson Dickson ’63 and Neal Johnson ’76, of Charlotte, established the fund supporting these awards in 2002 to honor their late father, a banker and community leader in Elkin. The fund offers need-based and merit-based study abroad scholarships to undergraduates from North Carolina, with preference for students from Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The latest recipients are:

  • Catherine Mitchell, a junior political science and exercise and sport science major from Pinnacle, who is enrolled for the fall in the UNC Exchange Program in New South Wales in Sydney, Australia;
  • Jacob Thomas, a junior biology and Spanish major from Mount Airy, who is participating in the medical Spanish summer program at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico;
  • Marco Torelli, a junior chemistry major from Morrisville, who is an exchange student for the 2008-2009 academic year at the University of Pavia in Italy with TASSEP (TransAtlantic Science Student Exchange Program);
  • Jonathan Williams, a senior English and comparative literature major from Charlotte, who is studying this fall in France in the N.C. Semester in Paris, organized by a consortium of universities in the state;
  • Nathan Powell, a junior history and psychology major from Raleigh, who is participating in a Boston University Internship Summer Program in Madrid, Spain;
  • Laura Ciompi, a junior psychology and chemistry major from Durham, who is participating in a Boston University Internship Summer Program in London;
  • Tyler Phillips, a sophomore international studies major from Cary, who is participating in a Boston University Internship Summer Program in Dublin, Ireland;
  • Jill Dwiggins, a junior English and comparative literature major from Apex, who is also participating in a Boston University Internship Summer Program in Dublin, Ireland;
  • Mae Dunne, a senior Russian language and literature major from Durham, who is studying this fall in St. Petersburg, Russia, with the Council on International Educational Exchange’s Russian Language program;
  • Miquela Ingalls, a sophomore from Wake Forest, who is attending the School for Field Studies’ summer program at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Nairobi National Park and the Kilimanjaro Bush in Kenya;
  • Priya Desai, a junior international studies and chemistry major from High Point, who is enrolled in the UNC Asian Studies Summer in Beijing program; and
  • Phebe DeHaan, a junior Asian studies major from Chapel Hill, who is spending the fall in Xiamen, China, with the UNC Semester in China program.

Grey Lineweaver Study Abroad Scholarship

Grey Lineweaver ’62, from Greensboro, established this scholarship in 2005 with matching funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The fund provides at least one scholarship per year for study in Latin America. The latest recipient is:

  • Ana Gattegno, a senior international studies major from Longwood, Fla., who is is participating in the COPA: Buenos Aires summer program in Argentina. COPA – Cooperating Programs in the Americas – is a consortium of four universities, including Carolina, with programs in Argentina and Chile.

Charles A. McLendon Sr. Study Abroad Scholarship

Charles A. McLendon Jr. ’81, of New York, created the fund supporting this scholarship in 2004 to honor his father, of Greensboro, a retired Burlington Industries executive who traveled extensively overseas. The fund will provide at least one scholarship per year. The latest recipients are:

  • Liza Rathbun, a junior chemistry major from Wilmington, who is participating in the medical Spanish program at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico this summer; and
  • Sammi Hargitt, a junior Spanish and linguistics major from Indianapolis, who is spending the summer in Madrid, Spain, with a Boston University internship program.

Elizabeth and Frank Queally Study Abroad Scholarship

Elizabeth Queally ’84 and her husband, Frank, of Darien, Conn., established this scholarship in 2005. The fund provides at least four scholarships annually for students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students participating in semester or yearlong programs. The latest recipients are:

  • Rayna McClendon, a senior communication studies major from Atlanta, Ga., who is spending the summer in Dublin, Ireland, with a Boston University internship program;
  • Danielle Fernandez, a senior chemistry major from Cary, who is enrolled in the IES: Chile Health Studies program (International Education of Students) this summer in Santiago;
  • Dayna Adelman, a junior dramatic art and journalism major from Plainview, N.Y., who is spending the fall semester in London through a Boston University internship program;
  • Colleen Goffe, a junior journalism major from Bowie, Md., who is participating in a fall semester Boston University internship program in London; and
  • Paula Vasquez, a junior international studies and chemistry major from Statesville, who is studying in the UNC Honors program in Cape Town, South Africa, for the fall semester.

Laura Richards Study Abroad Scholarship

Laura Richards ’94, of London, established this fund in 1999 to provide at least one scholarship annually for an international studies major. The latest recipient is:

  • Leigh Jones, a junior international studies major from Raleigh, who will spend the fall semester in South Africa with the UNC Honors Semester in Cape Town program.

Horace J. Shumate Memorial Scholarship

Carol Shumate of Chapel Hill established the fund supporting this award in 2001 in honor of her late father, who worked in the foreign operations division of Loffland Brothers Drilling Co. for 24 years. A contract negotiator, Shumate traveled to remote locations around the world. The fund provides at least one scholarship annually for study abroad or participation in foreign exchange programs. In celebration of Horace Shumate’s career, the fund targets students who wish to pursue new academic or personal interests through international experiences. The latest recipient is:

  • Daniel Friedman, a junior mathematics and German major from Charlotte, who will study at the Freie Universitaet Berlin International Summer University in Germany.

UNC students interested in applying for study abroad programs or receiving more information about scholarships should contact the Study Abroad Office online or at (919) 962-7002.


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