2015 Eve Carson Scholars: Empathy, Passion, Inquisitiveness

Dear Carolina community,

We are honored to announce this year’s three Eve Carson scholars: Nancy Smith, Paige Nielsen and Michael Adams. Each of these individuals has demonstrated a humbling commitment to the Carolina community and exemplifies the pillars of the scholarship: leadership, service, character and transformative growth. In the first round, each applicant was asked to describe his or her most defining characteristic. After watching each trait come to life in subsequent rounds, we now look back and see how the heart of the scholarship is reflected in each scholar.

In her words, Eve Carson called for “excellence with a heart.” In these three scholars, we have found just that.


Nancy Smith


Nancy, who is studying global studies and Arab cultures, has devoted herself to UNC’s Navy ROTC. As a platoon commander, Nancy has mentored 12 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, and has been accepted as the spring operations officer, which is the third highest rank in in the battalion structure. Lt. Keith Krouchick said, “She is without a doubt a top leader within her class.” In her time at UNC, she has cultivated a passion for women’s rights and plans to return to Fez, Morocco, to further research on oral history, culinary culture and personal space. In her words, “we’re learning how to help women in developing countries achieve everything from basic health care to understanding their sense of self-agency.”


Paige Nielsen


Paige is a business administration and biology major, as well as a skilled athlete who has become an invaluable asset to the UNC varsity women’s soccer team. Coach Anson Dorrance detailed her commitment to the team as not only a starter but the academic captain, driving the team both on and off the field. “Paige Nielsen will make her mark in this world the way she has made her mark with our program and all the people around her,” he said. With the support of the scholarship, Paige intends to organize a half marathon that will establish a college scholarship fund for children of single parents diagnosed with cancer.

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Michael Adams


Michael is studying public policy and political science, and in his time at Carolina, he has acted as the founder, president and treasurer of the Carolina Association of Parliamentary Debate. “Through debate I was constantly challenged to question the world around me, think critically, and speak persuasively. But even more important than the skills I learned, were the people I was around,” he said. With the support of the scholarship, Michael will combat the achievement gap by designing a debate-centered summer enrichment opportunity for middle schoolers of low socioeconomic status. Former Student Body President Christy Lambden said, “His greatest contribution to Carolina continues to be his unending positive attitude, energy, and willingness to help others.”

The next year has so much in store for each one of these scholars, and we cannot wait to watch it unfold and to share it with the Carolina community. It is your continued support that allows us to seek out and celebrate these amazing Tar Heels.

In the Carolina Way,

Zack Newbauer