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Pavel Molchanov
Pavel Molchanov’s $1 million gift endows the program, which matches undergraduate students with environmental internships.

The Pavel Molchanov Scholars Program is an endowed internship program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment. The program is a partnership between the UNC Institute for the Environment and environmentally-focused small businesses, non-profit organizations and government institutions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Each year undergraduate students are matched with an environmental internship where they gain hands-on, professional training. Each Molchanov Scholar receives a $5,000 stipend to support their summer experience.

The UNC Institute for the Environment addresses environmental challenges by developing collaborations among diverse academic fields, public and private partners, and an informed and committed community. Undergraduate students in any environmentally-themed degree program who are interested in tackling complex environmental issues can apply for the Molchanov Scholarship.

Molchanov is a director and equity research analyst at Raymond James & Associates. He joined the firm in 2003 and has since been working as part of the Energy Group, researching oil and gas, renewables, and clean technology. He joined the UNC Institute for the Environment Board of Visitors as a member in 2019, and he also serves as a member of the advisory board at Cool Effect, an environmental project-funding charity. In 2022, Molchanov was named to the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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2021 Molchanov Scholars

Taylor Fitzgerald






Taylor Fitzgerald
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Summer Lanier






Summer Lanier
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Jessica Reid






Jessica Reid
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Nate Shroyer






Nate Shroyer
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2020 Molchanov Scholars

Emma Calhoun Hometown: Charlotte, NC






Emma Calhoun
Solar Market Analyst Intern
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Natalie Gauger






Natalie Gauger
Research Intern
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Noah Shaner






Noah Shaner
Development Intern
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Rebecca Williams






Rebecca Williams
Research Utilization Intern
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Amelia Woodall






Amelia Woodall
Swin Guide Intern
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2019 Molchanov Scholars

Cassidy Harding






Cassidy Harding ’19
Resilient Landscapes Intern
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Dylan Burns






Dylan Burns ’21
Solar PV Operations and Monitoring Intern
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