Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Apply for the Global Gap Year Fellowship

If you could dedicate a year between high school and college – known as a “gap year” – to public service anywhere in the world, where would you go?

For the second year in a row, the Campus Y, a student group known as GAPPL (or Gap Year People), and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are proud to offer the Global Gap Year Fellowship, which will award several incoming students up to $7,500 for an international, service-based gap year before their first year at Carolina. This unique opportunity is open to all first-year students who are admitted from the early action deadline.

If you are an admitted Early Action student, consider applying for this once-in-a-lifetime fellowship by Friday, March 2, 2012. As you leave high school, you're in a unique place to build the foundation that will allow you to excel in college. Taking a gap year will allow you to join an important movement of students who are re-thinking the way we structure college and higher education.

Consider the words of Marietta Stewart, a former "gapper" and current UNC senior:

"During my gap year, I explored a range of opportunities in Europe. I worked on a wine harvest in France and then observed foreign policy and environmental law debates at the European Union in Brussels. The year allowed me to work, travel, and build a foundation to grow from at Carolina. I came back to college refreshed, re-focused and full of new languages and cultures."

Click here to learn more about the Global Gap Year Fellowship.

We wish you the best as you complete your final year of high school. If you have any questions about the Global Gap Year Fellowship, please don’t hesitate to email us.