|Two juniors receive Carson Scholarships|
|Thursday, January 28, 2010|
Juniors Caroline Fish and Chase Jones have been named Eve Carson Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The scholarship will fund half the cost of attendance in their senior year for Fish and Jones, plus $5,000 each for a summer enrichment experience.
Fish, of Raleigh, is double-majoring in psychology and English and comparative literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in creative writing.
Jones, of Greensboro, is majoring in business administration in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a minor in exercise and sport science in the College of Arts and Sciences.
A nine-member selection committee of students, faculty, staff and alumni chose Fish and Jones from among 123 applicants.
Thomas Edwards, a senior biology major with a minor in chemistry, who directed the scholarship program this year, said the committee decided to choose two recipients instead of the usual one.
“We felt it was important to spread the responsibility of being an Eve Carson Scholar to more than one person,” he said. “This decision was made in consultation with the Carson family as well as this year’s scholar, Elinor Benami.”
Carson, a senior from Athens, Ga., and UNC’s 2007-2008 student body president, was killed in March 2008. One of what she called her “Big Ideas” as president was to create a merit-based scholarship for UNC juniors.
The scholarship was established in her memory to honor balanced, ambitious students who have shown strong involvement in leadership roles at Carolina and have at least a 3.0 grade-point average in their first three undergraduate years.
Fish, a 2007 graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, is the daughter of Mark and Beatrice Fish of Raleigh. She has worked toward solving the problems of sexual assault and domestic violence. She is working with campus colleagues to produce a documentary to raise awareness about sexual violence. She also has studied abroad in France, where she worked to help victims of sexual assault.
Edwards said the committee was impressed by Fish’s work to help victims of sexual assault and raise awareness of the issue: “Caroline is an incredibly motivated person and inspired the committee with her drive to bring about positive change in this area.”
Jones, who graduated from Ragsdale High School in Jamestown in 2006, is the son of Buddy and Judith Jones of Greensboro. He has worked with patients at the N.C. Children’s Hospital and next year will lead the Carolina Dreams Program, which connects athletes to children in the hospital. A varsity baseball player, he overcame brain cancer during his first year at Carolina.
“He took this devastating event and turned it into both a positive personal experience and motivation to work diligently to ease the burden of children in similar situations at the N.C. Children’s Hospital,” Edwards said.
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