|Two juniors receive Eve Carson Scholarships|
|Wednesday, February 02, 2011|
Juniors Mark Clarke and Zachary De La Rosa have been named 2011 Eve Carson Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the scholarship selection committee and Student Government have announced.
Clarke hopes to spend part of his Eve Carson Scholarship Summer Experience involving local at-risk teens in the garden.
He loves helping build community, either through gardening or in his work as the Outreach and Service Chair at the Reformed University Fellowship at UNC. In his spare time, Clarke plays the harmonica in a band and spends as much time gardening and with friends as possible.
De La Rosa hopes to spend his summer experience working with a micro-finance initiative internationally. He wants to better understand the real-life effects of poverty in other countries so that his study of economic development is more tangible and applicable.
De La Rosa has overcome hearing problems and taught sign language to students in the Triangle. He has not let his hearing problems as a child stop him from becoming a strong public speaker. He is a senator in the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies – a student debate and literary group – chair of the rules and judiciary committee of Student Congress and a member of the choir at the Newman Catholic Student Center.
The Eve Carson Scholarship was established in 2008 in memory of Eve Carson, UNC’s 2007-2008 student body president, who died in March 2008. One of what she called her “Big Ideas” as president was to create a merit-based scholarship for UNC juniors.
“Mark and Zach characterize the idea of excellence with a heart that both former Chancellor James Moeser and Eve spoke about,” said Katherine Novinski, a senior from Irving, Texas, and Carson scholarship director. “They have found ways to contribute to their community by developing into the best individuals they can be. At the same time, they maintain an outward focus on how they can improve the lives of others within the community.”
Carson Scholarship website: http://evecarsonscholarship.unc.edu/
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