Students, staff and supporters gather to celebrate the Phillips Ambassadors at a dinner on Nov. 7. Pictured (from left to right): Anna Martinez, Katie Ayscue, Parrish Finn, Kim Phillips, Phil Phillips, Taylor Doggett, Gardner Davis and Alfredo Lopez-Sotillo, (photo by Jeyhoun Allebaugh/UNC-Chapel Hill).
Six undergraduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for study abroad programs in Asia in 2019. For the spring term, two scholarship recipients will study in Taiwan, one in Singapore, one in Thailand, and one in Hong Kong. One student will study in Singapore for the 2019 calendar year as a Phillips Ambassador.
The Phillips Ambassadors Program is part of the Carolina Asia Center, in association with the UNC Study Abroad Office, both in the College of Arts & Sciences. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each toward the cost of a UNC-approved study abroad program in Asia. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, strong communications skills, intellectual curiosity and ambition, evidence of generous service to campus and community and a previous record of leadership.
Since the Phillips Ambassadors Program began in 2007, the scholarship program has supported over 320 undergraduates studying abroad in Asia. Twenty-five percent of the scholarships are reserved for qualified undergraduate business majors and minors from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Several scholarships each year are available to qualified Duke University undergraduates. Scholarship recipients choose from more than 70 UNC-approved academic programs in Asia that are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and Kenan-Flagler.
Phillips Ambassadors enroll in a global studies course designed uniquely for them. Successful completion of the three-hour credit course is required of all scholarship recipients. Led by Carolina faculty, the course challenges students to explore their study abroad locale in significant detail and seek understanding of the region in a global context.
A distinguishing feature of the program is an emphasis on …