Buckley Public Service Scholars

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BPSS Dunville, HoltonThe Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS) provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. BPSS challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. While completing the program components, participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world.

On May 9, the 251 members of the 10th class of Buckley Public Service Scholars were honored at a ceremony in Memorial Hall, highlighting their years of service while at Carolina. All graduates received a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 11 to represent their achievement. Read more about the 2014 graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars in the 2014 graduation bulletin.

In celebration of ten years of Buckley Public Service Scholars graduates, BPSS spotlights alumni who have graduated from the program. Learn more about these alumni.

Launched in 2003, BPSS has connected students with similar interests and provided special opportunities for leadership development and community engagement. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,635 students have participated, contributing 1.35 million hours of service. Presently 8.8 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants. In 2011, the Center announced the establishment of the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment from an anonymous donor. This endowment ensures Buckley Public Service Scholars will graduate for generations to come.

Program goals

BPSS strengthens the culture of service and engagement at UNC-Chapel Hill by:

  • Challenging students to increase the breadth and depth of their involvement in North Carolina communities and beyond
  • Fostering connections between the University, its students and the community
  • Promoting student participation in varying dimensions of public service: direct, organizational and policy
  • Developing students’ capacity for engaging in their communities in meaningful ways

To achieve this, BPSS involves a number of required program components and also a variety of non-required opportunities available to BPSS participants.

Buckley Portfolio

Throughout their time in BPSS, students build a Buckley Portfolio that tracks their progress in completing the program components and their own public service goals. This is where they enter and organize information such as the service hours they have completed, service-learning courses they have taken and skills trainings they have attended. Participants are able to print a summary of their Buckley Portfolio at any point throughout their participation in the program and also as they graduate.

For questions about the Buckley Portfolio, contact BPSS.