UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Two students selected as UNC Phillips Ambassadors for study in Asia


Katie Ayscue and Alfredo D. Lopez-Sotillo

Two students in the Undergraduate Business Program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School were selected as Phillips Ambassadors for spring 2019 study abroad programs in Asia.

Katie Ayscue (BSBA ‘20) of Henderson, North Carolina, will study at Chulalongkorn Business School in Thailand. 

Alfredo D. Lopez-Sotillo (BSBA ‘20) of Coral Gables, Florida, will study at National University of Singapore Business School. 

Phillips Ambassadors are chosen based on their academic achievement, strong communication skills, intellectual curiosity and ambition, evidence of generous service to campus and community, and a previous record of leadership. They are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each. 

The program is made possible by a gift from UNC Kenan-Flagler alumnus Earl N. “Phil” Phillips (BSBA ’62), an entrepreneur and former U.S. ambassador, and his family. Phillips has worked and traveled in Asia for more than 30 years and is a former U.S. Ambassador to the eastern Caribbean. 

“Our goal with this gift has been to encourage more students to spend their study abroad experiences focused on Asia — an increasingly vital region of the future,” said Phillips, who splits his time between High Point and Chapel Hill in North Carolina. 

Phillips Ambassadors enroll in a global studies course designed uniquely for them. Led by Carolina faculty, the course challenges students to explore their study abroad locale in significant detail and understand the region in a global context. Another distinguishing feature of the program is an emphasis on students sharing their study abroad experiences in Asia with the Carolina community and hometowns to “Give Back.” 

The Phillips Ambassadors Program is part of UNC’s Carolina Asia Center, in association with the UNC Study Abroad Office and UNC Kenan-Flagler’s undergraduate global programs. Students choose from more than 70 UNC-approved academic programs in Asia that are offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and UNC Kenan-Flagler. 

Since the program began in 2007, it has supported more than 320 undergraduates studying abroad in Asia. Twenty-five percent of the scholarships are reserved for qualified Undergraduate Business Program majors and minors.