A Passion For Sports

The Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship allows students with a passion for the business of sports to create their own summer internship built around international sports entrepreneurship.

Designed for ambitious students who possess a strong work ethic and sense of adventure, the Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship provides up to $5,000 to support self-designed, international learning experiences, such as working for an Australian Baseball League franchise, leading a social media campaign for a pro cricket franchise in the India Premier League, or helping a soccer start-up get off the ground in Tanzania.

Two Carolina Blue Honors Fellowships are available each year.

The Carolina Blue Fellowship not only gives you the opportunity to go abroad, but also gives you the opportunity to work in an environment doing what you love to do.

Kayla Miles – Inaugural Carolina Blue Honors Fellow


Christian Abbonizio, a third-year student studying economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, will use the fellowship to cover his expenses for travel to Melbourne, Australia to work with the sports data company Genius Sports during summer 2017.

Christian, class of 2018, from Downington, PA, is an entrepreneur in the sports industry and hopes to utilize his experience to improve both account management and product development at Genuis Sports. He is currently the Chief Operations Officer at Daily Fantasy Insider LLC, a sports information business that he co-founded in 2016.

Megan Cain, a second-year student, will use the fellowship to cover her expenses while she interns at FanHub Media in Melbourne, Australia. FanHub creates digital platforms and experiences that enhance fans engagement for the sporting and entertainment industries. She hopes to gain a greater understanding of the significant sports and their place in Australian culture.

Megan, class of 2019, an Elks Most Valuable Student Scholar from Asheville, NC, is studying journalism, sports administration and entrepreneurship in the School of Media and Journalism. At UNC, she also coaches for Carolina Chaos Volleyball.

Nina Luker, a third-year student in the School of Media and Journalism, will use the fellowship to fund her travel to Cape Town, South Africa to intern at Varsity Sports this summer. The start-up company working to bring sports regulations and guidelines under one governing body, is similar to the NCAA in the United States. She plans to increase the public’s view of university sport and bring more spectatorship for South African university athletics.

Nina, class of 2018, is from Radnor, PA and is majoring in advertising with a minor entrepreneurship. Nina is also a member of UNC’s varsity rowing program.




Ricky May

The Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship was established with a gift from Carolina alumnus Ricky May who worked as a sales and marketing executive in the sports industry for 25 years.

Application Deadline

December 1, 2017

Drop-in Proposal Review Sessions

Aug. 30, Oct. 23, and Jan. 31

Undergraduate Library, 6:00-7:00pm


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Gina Difino
Director, Global Education and Fellowships
(919) 962-9680

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