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 August 22, 2002 -- No. 433

UNC Morehead Scholars’ summer Adventures Create Local Angles

Local angles: Chapel Hill, Morrisville;Iowa City, Iowa;
Bozeman, Mont.; North Canton,Ohio; San Marino, Calif.;
Lévis, Québec

With the start of fall semester, Morehead Scholars of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are returning to campus with some impressive stories about their summer enrichment experiences -- tales that can make terrific features for their hometown newspapers.

Among the largest and most competitive scholarships at U.S. colleges and universities, the merit-based Morehead Awards pay all expenses for four years of undergraduate study and four summer enrichment experiences. The Morehead program is modeled after the Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University in England.

The summer programs are designed to enhance scholars’ leadership and problem-solving skills, increase their confidence and give them valuable exposure to the real world. Categories for the four summers are outdoor leadership, public service, enterprise and travel and study abroad.

Below are short summaries on summer enrichment activities of Morehead Scholars from your circulation areas. For more information or to contact these students, call Eric David, (919) 962-1201, at the John Motley Morehead Foundation in Chapel Hill.


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Two UNC seniors spend summer with Carolina for Kibera

Seniors Nick Lewis of Iowa City, Iowa, and Emily Pierce of North Canton, Ohio, traveled to Kibera, Kenya, a slum of more than 600,000 people, to work for Carolina For Kibera, a non-profit organization established by 2001 UNC graduate Rye Barcott.

The organization, covered in The Washington Post and other media, works to help Kibera’s youth and provides services and activities to ease ethnic tensions in the area. The youth engage in sports associations and AIDS awareness groups. CFK also has opened a nursery school and a medical clinic.

Lewis and Pierce conducted research about the operations of non-governmental organizations in difficult conditions and helped with CFK projects.

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Threat of military conflict forces three UNC sophomores out of India

Less than one month into their summer service projects in India, sophomores Malinda Faber of Chapel Hill, Divya Gopal of Morrisville and Kristal Jones of Bozeman, Mont., heard a U.S. State Department warning to leave the country.

The threat of war between India and Pakistan prompted the May 31 warning to some 60,000 Americans traveling, studying or conducting business in India. On June 5, a stronger warning was issued, urging Americans to depart immediately. So UNC’s three Morehead Scholars headed home.

Cut short were Faber and Jones’ English lessons for Indian schoolchildren and Gopal’s work at the Sweekaar Rehabilitation Institute for Handicapped.

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UNC senior devotes three summers to AIDS prevention, international health

Karine Dubé of Lévis, Québec, spent her summer in Geneva, Switzerland, working with international delegates at Mandat International. She also attended the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, held July 7-12.

As an international studies major, Dubé focuses on issues, policies and policy makers worldwide, especially their relationship to the AIDS pandemic. Two summers ago, she volunteered at an AIDS orphanage in Nshamba, Tanzania; last summer, she helped with public relations efforts for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and attended the 2001 United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS.

Last spring, Dubé won one of UNC’s top awards for undergraduates, the Jane Craige Gray Memorial Award to the junior woman most outstanding in character, scholarship and leadership. This fall, she will begin her honors thesis on HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa.

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UNC junior learns where business and politics meet on CNBC

Leia Kelly of San Marino, Calif., spent her summer working for "The Capital Report," a show on the cable financial news channel CNBC.

Kelly sat in on editorial board meetings and helped coordinate nightly tapings. She researched topics, booked guests and wrote scripts under the guidance of the show’s co-host and UNC alumnus Alan Murray. She was handed short-notice assignments including conducting an on-camera interview with a Congressman and leading production of a Congressional interview about a highly debated bill.

"The Capital Report" intersects Capitol Hill and Wall Street, reporting on how Washington’s daily activity affects that of the business world. The show, airing Tuesdays through Fridays, features interviews with top decision-makers from both camps.

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Morehead Foundation contact: Eric David, (919) 962-1201
News Services contact: L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589