Applications for the Eve Carson Scholarship are now open, commemorating the program's 15th class of scholars.
The award was designed to celebrate students in their junior year who have “exhibited passion and transformative growth” since their arrival at UNC, according to the scholarship’s website. This year's class will accept five to six applicants.
The scholarship was established in 2008 to pay tribute to then UNC Student Body President Eve Marie Carson, who was kidnapped and killed around two months before her graduation. In her election platform, Carson said she envisioned a scholarship that awarded UNC juniors for their leadership and service during their time at UNC.
The Eve Carson Scholarship and the Eve Marie Carson Carolina Way Scholarship were created in her honor, along with the annual Eve Carson Memorial 5K for Education and the Eve Carson Memorial Garden. The Eve Carson Scholarship funds a summer experience and $15,000 of the recipient’s senior year tuition.
In an excerpt from her election platform, Carson said many students must choose between getting involved at the University and working to pay off college expenses.
2022-23 executive director of the Eve Carson Scholarship, Fleet Wilson, said he had heard the story of Carson’s death because his cousin was attending the University in 2008.
“When you're a student, you know what is really causing an impact on campus, whereas if you're in a scholarship office, it might be something that might sound good on paper,” Wilson said.
The scholarship’s executive board is entirely student-run, so students oversee the application process to pick recipients.
UNC senior Emily Smither is the current executive director for the scholarship and said her role is to listen and reflect on the history of the aid program and how to move forward.