Although her life was tragically cut short on March 5, 2008, Eve Marie Carson made a tremendous impact in the University of North Carolina community through her actions, leadership, character, and kindness. After graduating from Clarke Central High School in Athens, Georgia, Eve chose the University of North Carolina where she was a recipient of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. During her time as a student at UNC, Eve excelled in the classroom and strove to improve her community. Eve was a biology and political science double major and spent countless hours outside of the classroom volunteering on campus and around the Chapel Hill area. She served as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and led Nourish International, a student organization devoted to fighting poverty around the world. Eve was elected student body president of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in April 2007, with the intention to further her impact on the community. As student body president, Eve had a vision to create a scholarship for outstanding senior students who demonstrated leadership, excelled academically, and pursued social justice. After her death, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established the Eve Marie Carson Memorial Junior-Year Merit Scholarship. The award is a one-year merit scholarship that recognizes students who have realized their leadership potential during their time at Carolina.
Eve Marie Carson was a beloved and invaluable member of the University of North Carolina community. As former Chancellor Moeser described at her memorial in Polk Place, “Eve personified the Carolina Spirit…She felt the very pulse and the heartbeat of this university.” Moeser challenged the campus community to honor Eve’s memory by uniting to demonstrate the Carolina Way as Eve envisioned. Pi Beta Phi and Phi Delta Theta invite the UNC community to answer Chancellor Moeser’s challenge and unite in Eve’s memory.