|Campus Y announces 2012-2013 Global Gap Year Fellows|
|Monday, July 09, 2012|
The Campus Y at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has selected the 2012-2013 Global Gap Year Fellowship recipients. The fellowship program provides seven incoming first-year students with a stipend of $7,500 to use toward a gap year – a break from formal education between high school and college – committed to service abroad.
Michael Howell of Granite Falls graduated from Caldwell Early College. Howell will volunteer in Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia as an English teacher and to seek out environmental projects where possible.
Chryste Ferrara of Greensboro graduated from Northwest Guilford High School. Ferrara will volunteer in in orphanages in Nepal for approximately five months through Rural Community Development Program. Subsequently, she will travel to India for six months to volunteer with the Society for Excellence in Education, a program in Dadawas run by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health faculty emeritus.
Graham Collins of Matthews graduated from Covenant Day. Collins is interested in organic and sustainable food production techniques. He will pursue service work in two South American countries in order to gain stronger Spanish language skills.
Leah Berolzheimer of Chapel Hill graduated from Carrboro High School. Berolzheimer will spend the first part of her gap year in Kenya working with Carolina for Kibera, a grassroots community development organization founded by a Carolina alumnus. The second part of her gap year, she will volunteer in a French-speaking country in Africa for language immersion while pursuing her interest in global health and environmental conservation. She will spend the remainder of her year volunteering in Budapest, Hungary with a youth civic engagement organization, Foundation for Democratic Youth .
Carrie Hamilton of Chapel Hill graduated from Carrboro High School. Hamilton will participate in the program Global Citizen Year. She will go to Ecuador, where she will have an apprenticeship with an organization working on environmental issues or women’s rights.
Keegan McBride of Raleigh graduated valedictorian of Sanderson High School. A Col. Robinson Scholar, McBride will travel to South America in order to become fluent in Spanish. He will volunteer at the UNC Center for Galapagos Studies in San Cristobal, Ecuador, and also hopes to travel to Spain in order to complete the El Camino de Santiago.
OUT OF STATE
Virginia Hamilton of Atlanta graduated from the Westminster Schools. Hamilton, a Robertson Scholar, will travel to Ecuador to pursue service work with Thinking Beyond Borders. She also plans to work in a special needs orphanage in China.
Global Gap Year Contact: Richard Harrill, director of the Campus Y, (919) 962-7535,