23 to study in Asia as Phillips Ambassadors

Twenty-two undergraduates and one graduate student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for 2010 study abroad programs in Asia.

The Phillips Ambassadors is a scholarship program offered through study abroad programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and Kenan-Flagler Business School. The scholarship combines an award for study in Asia with a 3-credit-hour academic course that puts the experience in greater global context and challenges students to share their experiences of Asia upon their return.

Fifteen of the newly selected students are from North Carolina. Six are from out of state, and one is an international student from Scotland. They have been awarded scholarships for study in China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore. Eighty-five UNC students have studied in Asia as Phillips Ambassadors since the program started in 2007. The selection of 23 new ambassadors brings the number up to 108.

Phillips Ambassadors are chosen twice each year, with 25 percent of the scholarships reserved for qualified undergraduate business majors and minors from Kenan-Flagler Business School. Scholarship recipients are selected for academic achievement and commitment to activities, service and leadership roles in the classroom and community. Phillips Ambassadors can chose from more than 50 UNC-approved academic programs in Asia.

A distinguishing feature of the program is an emphasis on what is called the “Give Back,” or sharing of one’s study abroad experience in Asia with the Carolina community and a student’s hometown. In accepting the scholarship, students agree to publish a piece about their studies in Asia for a campus or hometown publication. They also give an outreach presentation about their experiences in Asia to a school in their hometown and other local schools around North Carolina, introducing more young people to Asia.

Generating greater interest in Asia among UNC undergraduates was in part the motivation for UNC alumnus Earl N. “Phil” Phillips Jr. in his endowment of the program.

“Hopefully this gift will encourage more students to spend their study abroad experiences focused on Asia — an increasingly vital region of the future,” said Phillips, an entrepreneur who shares his time between High Point and Chapel Hill. He has worked and traveled in Asia for more than 20 years and is a former U.S. ambassador to the eastern Caribbean.

“My long-term goal is for every Carolina undergraduate to have an international experience before they graduate,” he said.

Phillips Ambassadors receive up to $7,500 each for a semester or year-long program, and up to $5,000 each for a summer program. The new ambassadors are listed below alphabetically by North Carolina county, and by state and country for out-of-state and international scholars.

NORTH CAROLINA

Caldwell

Emily Doll of Lenoir will study in India with the UNC Summer in India program. Doll is a public policy and international and area studies double major, with a minor in Asian studies.

Davie

Lauren Brown of Mocksville will study in China with the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI) in Beijing program. Brown is a nutrition major at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, with minors in chemistry and economics.

Forsyth

Walker Vincoli of Clemmons will study in Singapore this fall with the UNC NUS (National University of Singapore) joint degree program. Vincoli is a political science major, with a minor in Asian studies.

Macon/Jackson

Chase Jenkins of Highlands will study in China with the UNC Asian Studies Summer in Beijing program. Jenkins is a political science and Asian studies double major.  

Mecklenburg

August Armbrister of Charlotte will study at Waseda University in Tokyo during the 2010 academic year. Armbrister is an international and area studies and Asian studies double major.

Amanda Conklin of Matthews will study at Yonsei University in South Korea this summer. Conklin is an international and area studies major, with a minor in history.

Tiffany Lan of Charlotte will study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this fall. Lan is a business administration major at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a minor in Asian studies.

Nga Ly of Huntersville will study community health and traditional Chinese medicine in China this summer with the SIT Study Abroad program. Ly is a biology major, with minors in Asian studies and chemistry.

Nash

Alan Moore of Spring Hope will study in India with the UNC Summer in India program. Moore is a political science major.

Orange

Tiffany Yonts of Carrboro will study at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan during the 2010 academic year. Yonts is a linguistics and Asian studies double major.

Wake

Joshua Gill of Cary will study in Singapore during the 2010 academic year with the UNC NUS (National University of Singapore) joint degree program. Gill is a political science major.

Laura Harris of Raleigh will study in Japan with the UNC Summer in Japan program. Harris is an Asian studies major.

Anne Kimberley of Cary will study in China with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE): Shanghai Summer program. Kimberley is a business administration major at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a journalism and mass communication major at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kelsey Kirchmann of Raleigh will study in China this summer with the UNC Asian Studies Summer in Beijing program. Kirchmann is a political science and economics double major, with a minor in Asian studies.

Alex Vig of Raleigh will study in Singapore this fall at the National University of Singapore. Vig is a mathematics and mathematical decision sciences double major.


OUT OF STATE

Connecticut

Kenneth Jameson of East Granby will study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this summer. Jameson is a business administration major at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a minor in mathematics.

Georgia

John Millett of Atlanta will study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong this summer. Millett is a business administration major at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a double major in history and a minor in Germanic languages.

Kentucky

McKay Roozen of Lexington will study in China with the UNC Asian Studies Summer in Beijing program. Roozen is an international and area studies and political science double major.

Pennsylvania

Jeanna Smialek of Valencia will study in China this fall with the UNC Semester in China program. Smialek is a journalism and mass communication major at UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and an international and area studies major.

South Carolina

Shivani Patel of Greer will study in China with the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative (CEI) in Beijing program. Patel is a psychology and chemistry double major, with a minor in economics.

Virginia

Kyle Olson of Stafford will study in India with the UNC Summer in India program. Olson is an international and area studies major.

INTERNATIONAL

Scotland

Gregor MacLennan of Glasgow will study at the University of Hong Kong this fall. MacLennan is a political science major, with minors in business administration and Latin.

GRADUATE PHILLIPS AMBASSADOR

Dasa Pejchar Mortensen, a Ph.D. candidate in history, will do research in China during the summer of 2010. Mortensen is originally from Boston and currently lives in Greensboro. She will travel to Yunnan Province in southwest China this summer to conduct archival and oral history research. She will research how local and national narratives of the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) have influenced formations of ethnic consciousness and redefined ethnic identities in China’s southwest frontier.