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.

Anna Grace Kelley and James Tatter | Barcelona, Spain


Virginia Caudill is a third year student from Winston-Salem, NC studying sport administration with a minor in entrepreneurship. She will use her fellowship to cover expenses while she interns with Stillwater Sports in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Stillwater Sports is an event and sponsorship agency that delivers lifestyle sporting events throughout South Africa. Virginia hopes to further her professional experience in event management by learning how to attract participants through marketing and outreach.  She hopes to learn how to properly execute and administer large events in a different country and culture.

Virginia, class of 2020, coaches field hockey and soccer at Culbreth Middle School and interns for The Rams Club.

Catherine Hayden is a fourth-year student from Greenwich, Connecticut studying public relations and sports journalism at UNC’s school of Media and Journalism. Catherine will use her fellowship experience to advance her interests in a region where field hockey is a leading sport and there is an opportunity for creative development in the public relations industry. She will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to work with Levergy, a sport and entertainment PR agency that delivers high-impact creative ideas to some of the world’s biggest brands. Catherine hopes to develop knowledge about the intersection of sports and business and understand how sport can enfranchise brands.

Catherine, class of 2019, is a member of the UNC national champion field hockey team, participates in the Richard A. Baddour Leadership Academy, and coaches young women at the Carolina All-Stars Field Hockey Club.

Jack Jameson is a second-year student from New York, NY studying sport administration and minoring in entrepreneurship and urban studies and planning. He will use the fellowship funding to cover his expenses while he interns at Rovo in Singapore. Rovo is a startup app that helps people organize games and find opponents to play sports with. Jack will be working to help expand Rovo’s basketball business throughout Malaysia and the Philippines along with managing their social media and website. He hopes to gain meaningful work experience at a rapidly growing startup while also being able to travel throughout Southeast Asia.

Ellie Rudd is a third year student from Brevard, NC studying sport administration and sociology. She plans to use the fellowship to cover her expenses while she interns for Playmakers in Johannesburg, South Africa. Playmakers is a sponsorship management consultancy that attempts to creatively market brands through campaigns and events to the South African community. Ellie hopes to learn more about the sport business world and the different cultures of South Africa.

Ellie, class of 2020, is a manager for the UNC football team and works as a research assistant in the Sport Administration department.








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

January 29, 2021

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

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