Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

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The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self.” The award, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, is named for the late Dr. Ronald W. Hyatt, professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others. Three awards will be given this year. The Carolina Center for Public Service administers this award.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, individually or in teams.
  • Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester.
  • The proposal must be written and submitted by the student(s) who have planned and will be implementing the project.
  • The Hyatt award will NOT fund internships or projects in which all or most of the funds support student travel and living expenses.

Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines include the following:

  • A justification of need and a description of how the service you will provide or the project you will complete adds to or complements what is already available;
  • A concise description of the project and how you will carry it out, including a description of the personnel involved;
  • Specific outcomes and how you will measure them;
  • An estimate of the impact of the project and the likelihood that the project will continue after the award period has ended;
  • An approximate timeline you will follow; and
  • A project budget that does not request more than $3,000 if international and $2,000 if local and describes the sources and amounts of any other funding. (NOTE: Although travel costs for students will be considered, preference will be given to projects in which a significant portion of the budget goes to community and project costs.)

If the project will be conducted in cooperation with or receive financial or other support from a governmental agency or private sector organization, applicants are asked to submit a letter of commitment from each such agency, which can be uploaded with the application.

Nominations for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award open Dec. 1 and close Feb. 8. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

2016 award recipients

  • Christopher Brooks
    Get REAL and HOPE will be affiliated with Get REAL and HEEL. The grant will pay for exercise equipment (some specialized) for women recovering from mastectomy surgeries. The student will set up the equipment and do a pilot program over the summer.
  • Neha Verma
    Writing and Healing for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence will be affiliated with The Compass Center for Women and Families. The student will run three eight-week sessions where participants come together to reflect on their own experiences through writing and sharing their work. She will compile a book in which their writing is shared (anonymously) that can be distributed through the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Women’s Health Information Center.
  • Marquis Peacock, a sustainable, online cardiovascular disease resource that educates Southerners on how to preserve their culture while making healthy lifestyle decisions. The website includes (or will include) recipes, physical fitness and Mediterranean fast food sections as well as a “community” section for facilitating interpersonal connections with those having similar experiences.
  • Andrew Chi
    Kinesthetic Mathematics is associated with Mamelodi Initiative in South Africa. This project will train volunteer teachers in South Africa in the KM method and target at-risk youth in Mamelodi to raise their fundamental math skills.