A decade of celebrating Eve’s legacy

Over the last ten years, 21 scholars have had the opportunity to pursue their passions and make a real impact on the world and our Carolina community. We sat down with our 2010-2011 Scholars Caroline Fish and Chase Jones to catch up and see how their passions have grown since their time in Chapel Hill.  

Chase Jones, winner of the Eve Carson Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Caroline Fish, winner of the Eve Carson Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“In 2009, we were simultaneously mourning the loss of Eve and the one-year anniversary, yet also celebrating the success of the scholarship,” said Jones. “As a junior, I was so impressed by the validity of what Eve’s vision brought to the first recipient, Elinor Benami, and the idea that something so positive could come out of something so tragic.”

These two did just that. Fish was able to pursue her passion for women’s issues in a summer trek across the globe interviewing over 40 feminist activists. Some of which, can still be found here. Jones embarked on two separate projects — an internship with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Chicago and a two-week study abroad through the Kenan-Flagler Business School. A cancer survivor himself, Jones was able to give back to a cause that was near to his heart.

For both, the Scholarship served as an important first step to a career they’ve always wanted.

“I can identify a small handful of points in my life that forever altered my path in life,” Chase Jones said. “Undoubtedly, receiving the Eve Carson Scholarship was one of those.”

Jones’ internship with Ronald McDonald House encouraged him to start the Vs. Cancer Foundation, a charity whose aim is to help cure kids’ cancer by empowering athletes and communities to fundraise and give to lifesaving efforts.

Fish said she often points to the Scholarship as a turning point.

“It transformed me as a leader, amplified my voice on issues I care about, and became a launching point for my career.”

Currently, Fish is a Licensed Master of Social Work, specializing in International Development and Global Issues. She is now in her last semester of law school at St. John’s University School of Law in New York City, completing another step in her path to becoming an international human rights attorney.

Jones is currently serving as the Student Body President of the Wharton School of Business, where he will graduate with an MBA in May. He continues to work in health care directly with a provider of national end stage renal disease care. He plans on working on health care policy in local communities throughout the remainder of his career.

For those that are thinking about applying for the Scholarship, Jones encouraged students to think big.

“It can not be underestimated what you can do in this world. Eve is the brightest example of just that: an aspiration turned passion turned life-changing impact for not just her, or Chapel Hill, or UNC, but literally so many lives around the globe. This is the ultimate diving board of opportunity, and if we can all take the slightest bit of wisdom in Eve’s memory and ultimate positive outcome, then assuredly her memory will continue to shape lives for the better.” – Chase Jones

Fish emphasized the importance of remembering Eve’s legacy.

“Take the time to learn about her. Read about her. Learn about her heart, her mind, and her immense passion and care for other people and for the world. She was a dedicated, loving individual who used her leadership to develop and transform everyone and every institution she encountered for the better. Learn how you can be a part of that legacy and recognize how incredible, important, and meaningful that opportunity is. You are carrying on the life she didn’t get to live by being a positive force in the world, just like she was. Never forget that.”

Over the past ten years, scholars have worked in areas of social justice, technology, rural and women’s health, refugee support and global entrepreneurship. They have led the way in carrying out Eve’s legacy of public service, passion and the Carolina way.

For those who have supported the Scholarship, thank you. Your generosity has made a meaningful impact on the scholars and the world.

“I am immensely grateful for this scholarship,” said Fish. “It singularly changed my life.”