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. The Carolina Center for Public Service administers this award.

Two awards will be given this year, one (up to $3,000) for an international project and one (up to $2,000) for a local project. If the local project involves members of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club in some way, there is a possibility of additional funds.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, individually or in teams.
  • Recognized UNC-Chapel Hill student organizations.
  • Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester.

Submission Guidelines

Applications for the 2015 Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is closed. Applications for the 2016 Hyatt Award will open in late fall 2015. 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.

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. Application deadline is Feb. 9, 2015.

2014 award recipients

GlobeMed and Raising the Village: Goat Cooperative

Establish a goat cooperative in rural Uganda to promote positive economic growth, community collaboration, financial literacy, good health and sustainable farming practices. The project is sustainable both because the goats will continue to reproduce and because of the training in goat-raising, marketing, selling, and purchasing goats, and funds management. The cooperative provides the resources to promote change and the means of taking that change further, and overall will have a positive impact on a community still suffering from the burden of poverty in the wake of war.

  • Gihani Dissanayake ’15
  • Helena Archer ’15
  • Julie Saracino ’14

Galapagos Science Center Water Survey

The project aims to provide first-of-its-kind research to establish baseline measurements of fecal contaminants in drinking water on the island of San Cristobal. This research will link the levels of contamination to health outcomes with the aim of emphasizing the importance of clean water to the local government and residential population. Furthermore, the project will help guide the efforts of the local government as they upgrade their water infrastructure systems. Finally, the project will work with local scientists to create a lab that can assess the effectiveness of water treatment and distribution systems on the island for years to come.

  • Billy Gerhard ’14

Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes

Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes is devoted to sustainably restoring health disparities among refugees and immigrants in the Oak Creek Apartments neighborhood through community and friendship. Firm Foundations/Fundamentos Firmes will initiate a wellness program providing support and education for improving nutrition and physical activity choices. These will include community potluck dinners, farmers markets and physical activity initiatives. The project leaders have committed to living in this community to build the relationships necessary to be successful.

  • Kate Magee

Prevention through Education

The families at the Oak Creek Apartment are from all over the world — Burma, Sudan, Ethiopia, Vietnam– and may not know much about proper oral home care or have access to dental care. The goal of this project is to educate families, especially parents who will supervise their child’s oral habits, at the Oak Creek Apartments about behaviors that promote better oral health and help understand the importance of practicing these behaviors to prevent caries and oral disease.

  • Jaehee Yoo ’15