The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award honors the memory and accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan ’26 of Newton Grove, N.C., who worked his way through the University to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur and public servant.
Five Bryan Awards will be given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina that is characterized by:
- working in partnership with community members,
- inspiring and involving others, and/or helping others to serve,
- responding to a practical problem, issue or concern of the state, and
- working to assure the impact in the community is lasting.
Bryan awards will be given to each of the following to recognize an outstanding
- undergraduate student,
- graduate student,
- faculty member,
- staff member, and
- officially recognized student organization.
Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Bryan Public Service Awards. The nomination requires a very brief (two-paragraph) nomination submitted by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 3, 2014. Selected nominees will be invited to complete a more detailed submission about their work by Feb. 21, 2014. Final selection will be based on both the initial nomination and the nominee application. Apply online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application & Nomination Portal.
The 2013 Bryan awards went to five individuals and one organization:
- Barbara Renner, library services evaluation specialist with the Health Sciences Library, for expanding the reach of the YOUR HEALTH radio program, produced by the department of family medicine, through a dynamic website
- Camille McGirt ’13 (Durham, N.C.), Gillings School of Global Public Health, for her work with Healthy Girls Save the World which promotes healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships for young girls in the Chapel Hill area;
- Meriwether Evans, a student in the School of Law (Austin, Texas), for her work with the Pro Bono Program which ensures that individuals who have neither economic nor political means have the opportunity to actually pursue legal claims and rights;
- Charlotte Stewart, a student in the School of Law (Gibsonville, N.C.), for her work to help found the Orange County Homeless Court, a statewide Veterans Legal Resource Network and the ACLU Voting Rights Education Project; and
- Judith Blau, professor emeritus of sociology, for founding the Human Rights Center (HRC) of Chapel Hill and Carrboro through her service-learning classes and connections with other campus organizations;
- Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment (HYPE), a Campus Y committee, for its work to promote higher learning and university exposure to under-served students in the local area.