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    Martin Levy Spring 2014 Phillips Ambassador

    Martin Levy, a political science major, is one of eight students selected as a Phillips Ambassador for spring 2014.  Levy will spend the spring 2014 semester at the University of Hong Kong. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice each year to spend a semester of study abroad in Asia. Students as part of the selection process must demonstrate academic achievement, commitment to activities, service and leadership in the classroom and community.

    The Phillips Ambassadors scholarship program, as described on their website, was made possible through a generous gift to UNC's College of Arts and Sciences and Kenan-Flagler Business School from alumnus Earl N. "Phil" Phillips Jr. Phillips. A businessman and former U.S. Ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean. Ambassador Phillips earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Carolina in 1962, and he was a member of the UNC Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1991. Ambassador Phillips chaired the board from 1989 to 1991. In 1995, he received a William R. Davie Award, the highest honor bestowed by the board recognizing extraordinary service to the University or society.

    Levy is taking courses on the international relations of East Asia, the governance of China, and the ethics of defense. The decision to apply to study at the University of Hong Kong, said Levy, was based on several factors, “the opportunity to study government and Asia, and specifically the PRC's role in Asian international relations, was my primary motivation for wanting to study in Hong Kong. Given that I do not speak any regional languages, the prevalence of English in Hong Kong and its close ties to the People's Republic of China made it the best fit for my academic goals. “

    Professor Stephen Gent, Director of Undergraduate Studies for Political Science, when learning of Levy’s selection, said the “Political Science Department is excited that Martin has received this honor.  This will be a rewarding educational experience, and Martin will be an excellent ambassador for Carolina during his time in Hong Kong.”

    “I am incredibly excited for this opportunity and am honored to have the support of UNC and the Phillips' Ambassadors as I go abroad” said Levy as he finishes up his coursework for the fall semester and prepares to begin his studies at the University of Hong Kong for the spring 2014 semester.

    To learn more about the Spring 2014 Phillips Ambassadors, please visit:


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