Destination: 21st-century Asia

“Travel — especially international travel — is a great addition to any education.”

Earl N. “Phil” Phillips Jr. ’62 credits his parents for his love of travel and for giving him an opportunity to see the world. When he was a teenager, they took him on a ship that sailed all the way to Asia.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean and a past member and chair of UNC’s Board of Trustees, Phillips wanted to give Carolina students the chance to experience the world, so he committed a significant gift in 2006 to create the Phillips Ambassadors program in the College of Arts & Sciences to provide scholarships for up to 50 undergraduates annually. Phillips Ambassadors have the opportunity to select summer or semester terms of study from more than 40 academic programs in Asia, including 10 in China and 11 in India.

The first group of Phillips Ambassadors studied abroad in Asia in the summer of 2007. By the end of 2018, 314 Carolina undergraduates will have studied abroad in Asia as Phillips Ambassadors.

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