Past Scholars



2013-2014 Scholars.


Paige Holmes                          Emma DeWitt

2012-2013 Scholars

Rena Avramidis

Sarah Kaminer







Read more about Rena and Sarah in the Daily Tar Heel.


2011-2012 Scholars

Mark Clarke

Mark Clarke

Clarke, of Fairview, NC, is majoring in English in the College of Arts and Sciences, with minors in History and Creative Writing.

Clarke, a 2008 graduate from A.C. Reynolds High School, is the son of Betsy and Douglas Clark. Growing up on a farm, which has been in his family for generations, he gained a passion for food, the process that it goes through before it reaches our plates, and the role that food places in building a community.

Clarke helped to start the Carolina Campus Community Garden over the past year and a half, a small non-profit garden that raises fresh, organic produce for low-wage employees at UNC. The CCCG began as the Student Garden Co-Op but was transitioned to a community garden with the vision of providing housekeepers and other low-wage staff with fresh and inexpensive produce and strengthening relationships between students and staff members at UNC. Clarke loves helping build community, either through gardening or in the work he does 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 his friends as possible.

Check out Mark’s thoughts on his summer experience here.


Zachary De La Rosa

De La Rosa, of Raleigh, NC, is double majoring in Mathematics and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences with a minor in Philosophy.

De La Rosa, a 2008 graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Math, is the son of Mark and Carol De La Rosa. De La Rosa helped to start the Economic Development Center of the Roosevelt Institute because he believes that economics and access to money enables individuals to realize their dignity as humans. He has recently been elected President of the Roosevelt Institute by his peers and hopes to spend his Eve Carson Scholarship Summer Experience working with a micro-finance initiative internationally. De La Rosa 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 during his life, and, because of this, he has spent time teaching sign language to students in the Triangle area. He has not let his hearing problems as a child stop him from becoming a strong public speaker, however, as he is a senator of Di Phi, the chair of the Rules and Judiciary Committee of Student Congress, and a member of the choir at the Newman Catholic Student Center.

Check out Zach’s thoughts on his summer experience here.


2010-2011 Scholars

Caroline Fish

Caroline, 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.

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.

Check out Caroline’s thoughts on being a scholar here.

Caroline has recently made progress continuing the work she did on her Eve Carson summer and has published it to her website Check out her story and the progress she’s made with this project since being at UNC:

“With the Eve Carson Scholarship, I had the luck to design a human rights ethnography project where I traveled to Iceland, the Netherlands, France and Turkey and held 39 interviews with almost 50 different women’s human rights activists. The goal was to take a narrative survey of what it was like doing gender equality work in the different countries, which ranked vastly different on the gender equality index and had very different gender policies in place. Part of me wanted to explore cultural relativism; another part of me wanted to find out what the secret was to successful activism.

Since my summer with the Eve Carson Scholarship in 2010, I have been gradually sorting through over 300 hours of these interviews, transcribing them, and turning them into story portraits of the different people I met. By 2012, I had over 500 pages of stories, and it was time to meet some qualitative researchers who could direct my efforts. The next year was spent operationalizing variables, coding, and running analysis on the data. For example, this entailed defining for myself what “education” meant. I needed to standardize terms and themes so I looked at them the same with every interview. Then, I re-read every transcript and drew out the commonalities and differences based on these variables. I did by hand what most software can do easily—I learned the research deeply and pored and sort through it.

Finally, I ran analysis and found hard numbers for the ideas I was exploring. For example, for what factors hinder human rights efforts in different countries, 78% of those interviewed said it was largely a lack of a receptive society or government—including openly hostile attitudes toward women and women’s rights activities, threats, hate speech, and other resistance from the public that undermines or minimizes efforts of activists. Close to 80% said that policies that were supposed to ensure equality and justice were not being enforced or effectively implemented.

After my analysis, I took all the information, and I made a video. I contacted a web designer and had a website made. I wanted my research not to be published in a journal and fall dusty. I wanted it to remain as alive and participatory as it was for me to gather. I learned from many qualitative researchers that creativity was the beautiful liberty of the type of research I had done.

While it took years of hard work, meetings, and long hours, I finally have launched a website that allows other activists to submit their own stories and for all to read the stories of a selection of the participants in my project. My goal now is to share the site with human rights organizations in different countries and to get people reading the stories. I hope to continue to add stories for years to come.

Recently, I was discussing the project with human rights consultant over lunch, and he encouraged that the direction that human rights work is going right now is to fight through the powerful stories of activists. The work is about inspiring continued change and activism through such narratives. My site Be The Foundation puts faces and words to names and issues. The site and my work with the Eve Carson Scholarship is just one link in the chain, a place where people can build a network and serve as a source of inspiration and interest to others. I hope that people will explore the site to learn about what is being done worldwide, to see how people are thinking about the issues, to be humbled by the struggles they face and overwhelmed with the courage it takes to keep doing the difficult work they do.”

-Caroline Fish

Chase Jones

Chase, 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.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.

Check out Chase’s thoughts on being a scholar here.


Watch Caroline and Chase tell more about excellence with a heart, video courtesy the UNC Annual Fund.


2009-2010 Scholar

Elinor Benami

In its inaugural year, the Eve Marie Carson Scholarship was awarded to junior Elinor Benami, an economics major and environmental studies minor from Knoxville, Tennessee.  Elinor was chosen because of her passion, dedication to environmental issues, leadership, and scholarship.

Elinor traveled to the Middle East over the summer to intern with the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies on some of their transboundary environmental research and peace-building projects as well as pursue her own independent projects. Her efforts with the Institute focused on co-developing a guide for rainwater harvesting, contributing to a socioeconomic baseline report for the western portion of the Arava Valley region, and aiding in grant proposal preparation and review.  For more information on her summer, please contact her at

“The EMC Scholarship allowed me to pursue independent questions while having the time to reflect and think about what’s coming next,” Elinor remarked. “I was able to develop connections with people who were really thought provoking and challenged me in many ways.”