Seven UNC Undergraduates Selected as Phillips Ambassadors for Study in Asia

Spring 2016 Phillips Ambassadors. Standing, from left to right: Tony Liu, Andrew Worth, Zoe Fisher, Tate Shanahan. Seated, from left to right: Caby Styers, Nancy Gao, Gabrielle Beaudry.

Seven undergraduates from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors for Spring 2016 study abroad programs in Asia. Two students will study in Thailand, two in South Korea and three in Singapore.

Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each to use 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.

Twenty-five percent of the scholarships are reserved for qualified undergraduate business majors and minors at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, and up to two scholarships each year are available to qualified Duke University undergraduates. Phillips Ambassadors choose from more than 50 academic programs in Asia that are approved by the College of Arts and Sciences and Kenan-Flagler.

Scholarship recipients also enroll in a global studies course designed uniquely for them. 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 what is called a “Give Back,” or sharing of one’s study abroad experience in Asia with the Carolina community and student’s hometown. In accepting the scholarship, students agree to fulfill a Give Back related to their study abroad experience. Give Backs include endeavors such as published articles, classroom presentations at a hometown high school, photo and art exhibitions, musical performances and group projects focused on Asia.

The Phillips Ambassadors Program is made possible through a generous gift from Carolina alumnus Earl N. “Phil” Phillips, an entrepreneur and former U.S. ambassador, and his family.

“Our goal with this gift has been to encourage more students to spend their study abroad experiences focused on Asia — an increasingly vital region of the future,” said Phillips, who splits his time between High Point and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The first group of Phillips Ambassadors studied abroad in Asia in the summer of 2007. To date, 244 Carolina undergraduates have been selected as Phillips Ambassadors.

The application period for Summer and Fall 2016 Phillips Ambassadors scholarships opens December 1, 2015.



Gabrielle Beaudry ’18 of Concord will study through the UNC Institute for the Environment Program in Bangkok, Thailand. She is an environmental science major with a minor in women’s and gender studies.

Zoe Fisher ’17 of Hickory will study through the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School: National University of Singapore Business School program. She is majoring in business administration.

Tate Shanahan ’17 of Cary will study through the UNC Institute for the Environment Program in Bangkok, Thailand. He is majoring in environmental science.

Caby Styers ’18 of New London will study through Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She is an anthropology major with a minor in Korean.

Andrew Worth ’18 of Burlington will study through Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He is a political science major with a minor in public policy.



Tony Liu ’17 of Lindon will study through the National University of Singapore Honors University Scholars Exchange. He is a geography major with a double minor in business administration and anthropology.


Nancy Gao ’17 of Milwaukee will study through the National University of Singapore School of Computing. She is a computer science major with a minor in business administration.

Phillips Ambassadors contact: Janet Walters, (919) 801-8283,

UNC Global contact: Katie Bowler Young, (919) 962-4504,