Thirteenth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


 
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Two hundred and fifty seniors, all who dedicated themselves to service during their time at UNC, will be honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 12 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 14 to represent their achievement.

The Buckley Public Service Scholars program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, more than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants, representing 49 out of 65 majors on campus. The 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 33 North Carolina counties, 22 other states and five other countries. The students being honored join the 2,167 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,418.

Madeline Pliska 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar“The Buckley Public Service Scholars program gave me an outlet for my love and passion for service,” said Madeline Pliska, a member of the 2017 graduating class. “It gave me a community of like-minded individuals to share my journey through Carolina with, and helped me continue to chase my personal belief that we, as humans, exist to help others.”

The 250 students graduating in the 2017 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 109,000 hours of service. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements; three students completed more than 1,000 hours of service and one student completed more than 2,000 hours of service.

Since its inception, 8,902 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.8 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like Community Empowerment Fund, Refugee Support Center, Farmer FoodShare, Global Health Connections International and Carolina For The Kids. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 70 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 19 percent other states and 11 percent other countries.

“The 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars play an important role in strengthening the culture of service and engagement at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These students uphold UNC’s commitment to campus-community partnership. I am certain they will carry these civic values with them after graduation and will continue to affect positive change in their communities.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, see the 2017 Buckley Public Service Scholars graduation bulletin.

2017 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country:

Alamance County – Halie Ellinger, Grace Elizabeth Gunter, Elgin Yalin

Beaufort County – Hallie Jo French

Buncombe County – Marissa Brooke Cranford, Jeeun Noelle Lee, Abel Lomeli-Garcia, Oliana Luke, Nirja SutariaBurke County

Burke County – Sarah Katherine Long

Cabarrus County – Leah Baker, Priyenka Khatiwada, Leslie Moen, Gray Rodgers

Chatham County – Gloria Ashley Gaines, Kathryn Elisabeth Thomann

Cumberland County – Ashley Nicole Jenkins, Adrienne Lynn Than Maung, Ching Yi Ng, Rashiidah Richardson, Samantha Michelle G. Ty

Durham County – Vanessa Canuto, Jacqueline Ceron Hernandez, Elizabeth Ann Ferguson, Robin Lowe-Skillern, Esther Oluwatoni Madugu

Forsyth County – Leona Aisha Amosah, Hannah Angle, Akanksha Arora, Anna Davis Caudill, Achsah Renee Nicole Coleman, McKenzie Sean Folan, Hannah Kathryn Forbes, Kevin Davis Giff, Austin Dean Gragson, Lauren Grace Kent, Maleeha Mahmood Khan, Gustell A. Preston, Mishana Sturdivant*, Madison Elizabeth Watts, Mikala Ashlyn Whitaker

Granville County – Erin Nicole Welsh

Guilford County – Abena Adu-Nyako, Ronnie Armstrong Jr., Timber Grey Beeninga, Shira Pauline Chandler, Obinna Lucky Ejimofor, Amina Lawal Garba, Joshua Frazier Hanover, Matthew William Harris, Paige Hines, Sarah Carter Jessup, Kathleen Grace Kilmartin, Samantha Elise Link, Amy Katherine Lyon, Oscar August Menzer, Sydney Mitchell, Dhara Shah, Sarah Bethany Spiker*, Jason Urbano

Halifax County – Jaime Catherine DiLauro, Veronica Edmonds, Whitney Kay Edmonds

Haywood County – Kayla Joe Campbell

Henderson County – Luis Cristian Acosta, Kaitlyn Maddox

Hertford County – Casey D. Grant

Iredell County – Olivia Elizabeth Andretti*, Mary Kate Crawford, Lauren Rokavec Fotsch

Jackson County – Rose-Helen Xiuqing Graham

Johnston County – Nicholas James Gray Britt, Jonathan Taylor Wall

Lincoln County – Leslie Leung, Jade Loendorf

Mecklenburg County – Tia Andrade, Madison Ann Barnhart, Jacquelyn Beatty, Michael F. Caragher, Graham Collins, Elizabeth Anne Fleischer, Laura Wells Gill, Francesca Elena Maddy Gines, Kajal Rosy Grover, Phillip Montgomery Jester, HueyShan Lin, Elizabeth Matulis, Lucas Nielsen, Katherine Laine Nuccio, Jessica Rose O’Hara, Janki Rajendra Patel, Sarah Savannah Peters, Emily Reckard, Srilekhya Sure, Jayasri Vijay, Colleen J. Watson, Julia Elaine Whitfield, Morgan Zemaitis

Nash County – Carrie Lewis*

New Hanover County – Tirthna Savajibhai Badhiwala, Addie Humphrey, Audra Rose Killian, Emily Yvonne Milkes, Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Alexis Worthington Shiro*, Katherine Marie Vaughn, Matthew Gray Wilson

Onslow County – Stephanie Nicole Wangerin

Orange County – Ranjitha Ananthan, Sarah Brooks, Carly Marie Collette, Hannah Stein Eichner, Anthony Kan, Amy Lee, Mary Eloise Pate, Kendell A. Silveira, Brooke Mackenzie Sobolewski, Enrique Toloza, Juliana Rae Wulforst, Maria Yao, Garrett Young-Wright, Lilly Alice Yuan

Pitt County – Kimberly Mewborn Keiter, Caitlin Mateer Seyfried, Jared Douglas Williams

Randolph County – Gemma Guadalupe Herrera, Abigail Martinez Jaimes, Jordan Caroline Jarrett

Robeson County – Sajan Y. Amin

Rowan County – Kaylyn Beatrice Pogson

Rutherford County – Lindsay Denise Barth

Stanly County – Lea Nicole Efird*

Union County – Jacqlyn Grilli, Vickie Erin Poulimenos

Vance County – Morgan Elizabeth Noel

Wake County – Kesha Acharya, Mahnoor Baloch, Morgan Lindsey Bush, Stephanie Ann-wei Chien, Kristen M. Chung, Youmna Elkamhawy*, Daniel Andrew Farrell,
Jessica Maria Ferrall, Taylor McKenly Fleming, Rachel Leigh Floyd, Dana Gentry, Nicole Gonzalez, Sara Heikal, Lauren Elizabeth Hitchings, Lindsey Holbrook, Taylor Rena Howard, Christopher Thomas Jadelis, Wendy Kally Ji, Hannah Louise Johnson, Benjamin Laird Hutton Jones, Sydney Grace Kalin, Colleen Kane, Isabella Hye Eun Kim, Maria Hye-Jin Kim*, Bryan Brinton Lester, Sian Li, Sydney Rowan Mark, Cherise Drusilla McManus, Caroline Nagy, Christine Keeyoon Nam, Meaghan Nazareth, Abigail Neal, Lauren Norris, Jordan Peterkin, Sarah Elizabeth Pupa, Pranavi Sanka, Aribah Masood Shah, Julia Shen, Rithi Sridhar, Elizabeth Stine, Christina Antonia Stone, Laurel Anne Sykes, Kiera Brigh Turner, Christopher Bin Wang, Caroline Aunspaugh Woronoff, June Grace Yang

Warren County – Selina Jaime Lopez

Wilson County – Christopher Tyler Sharp, Joseph Blake Wall

Alabama – Margaret Alice Williams

Arizona – Anjani Patel

California – Grace Busby, Giulia Raffaella Curcelli, Abigail Deborah Kinnaman, Kenneth Lee

Colorado – Madison Sarah Stark

Florida – Pamela Brody, Natalie Marie Cabo, Snigdha Das, Raina Danielle Enrique, Emily Isabel Shipley Granados, Virginia Keaton Green, Leah Francesca Jimenez, Samantha Kerker, Morgan Ashley McLaughlin, Jessica Caitlin Porter, Sofia A. Soto Sugar, Catherine Diana Wilsnack

Georgia – Sahar Alimohamadi, Sarah Ellyn Boland, Dory Julia Gellins MacMillan

Hawaii – Khin Oo

Illinois – April A. Hamer, Hannah Yayoi Saggau, John Charles Von Drasek

Kansas – Manuela Nivia

Louisiana – Katherine Anna Henning

Maryland – Morgan Focas, Martha Isaacs, Amara Gabrielle Jordan, Brooke Jacqueline Kilker, Jenn Morrison

Massachusetts – Jonathan C. S. Lynn

Minnesota – Madeline Jean Pliska

New Jersey – Sarah Belle Hart, Brianna Nichelle Moody, Ambika Paulson

New Mexico – Ana Cutts Dougherty

New York – Jessica Feeley, Amrithaa Mangala Gunabalan, Kelly Lynn Jasiura, Ryan Lupo, Hailey Amanda Orgass, Brian Christopher Riefler, Caitlin Schwagerl, Reyanne Nichole Strong, Exornam Angela Tettey

Ohio – Maggie Brownrigg, Claire Elizabeth Poindexter, Thomas E. Shockley III

Pennsylvania – Billie Rainley Patterson

South Carolina – Harrison Lancaster

Tennessee – Winston Arthur Bell, Townes Bouchard-Dean

Virginia – Brittany Anderson, Nicole Marie Brown, Sarah Henderson, Sheng-Shin Christina Lee, Veronica Sever

West Virginia – Austin Michael Mueller

Colombia – Daniela Lopez

Scotland – Alexander Clayton

Vietnam – Phuong Dinh Truc Nguyen

China – Ting Zhang

Peru – Maria Luisa Loo Deng*

*Indicates December 2016 graduates.

UNC students mentor to be role models

Sometimes, when college students hang out with elementary and middle school students, transformative experiences happen. That’s how Taysha James, a senior sociology major from Maple Hill, North Carolina and Jonathan Buechner, a junior European studies and political science major from Greensboro, described their time spent with students through the SMART Mentoring program.

“I got involved with SMART because I realized that young African-American ladies where I’m from don’t have a lot of role models to look up to,” James said. “I wanted to help someone who might not think that they could make it to college understand that they actually can do it.”

SMART Mentoring, a program offered by the Carolina Center for Public Service in partnership with Volunteers for Youth, engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program targets students from low-income communities and focuses on issues of race, class and gender. Designed for highly motivated students who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of youth, SMART mentors enroll in a fall three-credit hour course and a spring one-credit hour course offered in the Department of Sociology.

SMART Mentor Jonathan Buechner and his mentee.Buechner, who had mentors throughout high school and at UNC, said SMART helped him think about social inequality and the importance of investing in the younger generation. “SMART challenged me to go outside of my comfort zone and do something I never have done before. I hope I was a positive academic role model for Sol,” Buechner said. “His mom wanted someone to help him transition from elementary to middle school as well as to get him thinking about his future. I gave him tours of campus, had meals in the dining halls with my friends, did homework in the Union, and went to the Ackland Art Museum and various sporting events. I wanted him to get a ‘taste’ of college life and imagine himself here and see UNC (and college more broadly) as an attainable goal.”

Unique in its approach, SMART mentors are immersed in a two-semester program that explores issues of race, class and gender, particularly as they apply to youth.

“I was a chemistry major,” James said. “However once I got involved with SMART and took the sociology course Race, Class and Gender, I realized that there were other ways to help people. The courses showed me that a lot of people would strive to do better if they knew what opportunities would help them. This class, along with the sociology course Health and Society, sparked my interest in public health.”

Now a sociology major, James said the most important thing she learned as a SMART mentor is that by spending time with a young person, showing them that you care and exposing them to activities and ideas they may not be familiar with, can impact the way they view education and a future career.

Buechner added “I found SMART to be a unique program and a great way to get an in-depth service experience.
“I also met an outstanding cohort of classmates whose diverse backgrounds and perspectives enhanced my critical thinking skills. The program brought to light the value of mentors in helping young people develop into mature citizens of the world.”

Susan Worley, director of Volunteers for Youth said SMART mentors benefit the local community in many ways. “It’s hard to imagine, but there are lots of kids who have lived their whole lives in Chapel Hill and never been on the UNC campus. Having a chance to develop friendships with college students, do homework with their mentors in their dorm rooms, cheer on the Heels together at the Dean Dome, or share a treat at Yopo opens these kids’ eyes to a world of possibilities they may never have imagined.”

James, one of 18 UNC students who served as SMART mentors during the 2015-2016 academic year, said she felt the time she dedicated to her mentee was time well spent, benefitting them both in ways she did not expect.

Smart Mentoring“I believe I had a positive impact on Starrie,” James said. “Her mother shared with me that since being involved with SMART, Starrie doesn’t mind reading for homework, which she hated doing. She also has a more positive outlook on education.”

Mentoring through SMART also impacted the mentors.

“Being a part of SMART reaffirmed my interest in seeking a career in public service, “Buechner said. “By engaging in experiential learning outside of the classroom…I learned more about the structural barriers that low-income and minority communities face. I gained a first-hand perspective about what discrimination, racism and income inequality look like rather than just learning the statistics from a textbook.

“This experience also reaffirmed my passion for interacting with people of various backgrounds and learning their stories. I hope to pursue a career in which I can positively impact the lives of others and promote social change.”

With another academic year about to start, James will continue her involvement with SMART, assuming a leadership role as the program’s co-chair, planning and organizing SMART activities, and overseeing all mentor/mentee events. She also said she plans to stay connected to Starrie. “I look forward to exploring new adventures and places with Starrie this year and I hope to become even closer with her and her family.”

 

Twelfth class of Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


Two hundred and seventeen seniors, all who dedicated themselves to service during their time at UNC, were honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 6 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall. All graduates received a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 8 to represent their achievement.

The program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, more than 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants, representing approximately 80 percent of majors on campus. The 2016 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 45 North Carolina counties as well as 20 other states and China. The students being honored join the 1,941 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2004, bringing the total number of scholars to 2,158.

“The Buckley Public Service Scholars program has been one of the highlights of my Carolina experience,” said Janell Smith, a member of the 2016 graduating class. “It has encouraged me to be an active member of the Carolina community, to intentionally reflect on my impact on the community, and to be grateful for the community’s impact on me.”

The 217 students graduating in the 2016 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars reported more than 98,000 hours of service as of April 2016. To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course, attend four skills-training workshops and complete a final reflection activity. Many of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements, completing more than 450 hours of service on average. Five students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and one submitted more than 2,000 hours.

Since its inception, 7,984 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.5 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like Student United Way, Refugee Support Center, Farmer FoodShare, Global Health Connections International and Relay For Life. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 74 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 12 percent other states and 14 percent other countries.

“A highlight of the work at the Carolina Center for Public Service is recognizing students who have dedicated themselves to making an impact, and this year is no exception,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These seniors have been affiliated with a variety of campus and community organizations, demonstrating their commitment to others while building their own skills and gaining valuable experience. We congratulate them for making public service an integral part of their Carolina experience.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, visit https://ccps.unc.edu/files/2016/05/2016-BPSS_Grad_Bulletin.pdf.

 

2016 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country: Photos available by request.

Alamance County – Julianne Blackburn, Rebecca McKee Jordan, Sara Ali Khan

Brunswick County – Elyse Marie Sulkey

Buncombe County – Katherine Cavagnini

Burke County – Jacob Anderson Ford

Cabarrus County – Noopur Doshi, Nicole Frey, Jade Hinsdale

Camden County – Miranda Kalbach, René Marcella Kronlage

Carteret County –  Hailey Louise Gosnell, Laura Amber Thomason

Caswell County – Keadija C. Wiley

Catawba County – Joy-Lynn Dawn Rhoton

Chatham County – Ashley Logan Andrews, Leslie Morales

Cleveland County – Spencer Gregory Byers *, Christiana Taylor

Columbus County – Kimberly Danielle Clarida

Craven County – Kayla Ann Schliewe, Katherinne Shannier Wawrzonek

Cumberland County – Courtney Elisabeth Bain, Leslie Samuel Bright III, Mercallis Edmund, Anika Hannan, Hanha L. Hobson, Reghan Katherine Horman, Sumanjit Mehmi, Shelby Elizabeth Miller, Conor Addison Winters

Davidson County – Rachel Nicole Woolridge

Duplin County – Virnaliz Jimenez

Durham County – Claire Louise Hannapel, Diane Nicole Leadbetter, Vianey Lemus Martinez, Danielle Luffman, Megan Nicole Stanley

Forsyth County – Carrie Lorraine Barlow, Emily Walker Hodgin, Ying Lin, Nastassja Ortiz

Gaston County – Ivana Chan,Amber Pritchard

Guilford County – Paris Caitlin Alston, Kierra Larue Campbell, Halah Flynn, Evelyn Alexandra Ford, James Thomas Gooding III, Morgan Lynn Herman, Lauren Hubner Howland, Ashley Karoline Joyce, Amanda Marie Kubic, Mridula Manoj, Temitope Olofintuyi, Caila Prendergast, Dasha Shaw, Brittany Nicole Simpson

Halifax County – Briana Nicole Macon

Harnett County – Haley Barefoot

Henderson County – Catherine Louise Swift

Iredell County – Molly Mason Bruce, Caroline Laurens deSaussure, Megan Seema Gurjar, Anissa Nicole Neal

Lee County – Anita Gandhi, Renisha Harris

Lenoir County – Daniel James Irvin, Angel Hannah Washington

Mecklenburg County – Callie Ann Bader, Sophie Grace Bergmann, Amber Marie Cassady, Connor Michael Choka, Casey Daniel Collins, Thalita Maria Cortes, Olivia DeSena, Rachel Virginia Hagerman, Emma Lee Hanmer, Nicole Lane Huntley, Catherine Jackson-Jordan, Mitchell Prescot Jester, Lara Liszka, Morgan Elizabeth Marin, Anna Meade, Merrick Robinson Osborne, Pranati Laxmi Panuganti, Gunjan Patel, Preeya Atul Patel, Gayatri Rathod, Destiny Rogers, Shauna Marie Rust, Hayden Elizabeth Schober, Erica Nicole Silvestri, Cecilia Maria Smetana, Jessica Wendy Stickel, Charlotte McIlwaine Story

Moore County – Hannah Suzanne Webster

New Hanover County – Alexis Danielle Akeyson

Northampton County – Kimberly Abigail Lassiter

Onslow County – Michael Glenn Morrison ll

Orange County – Shad Albarazanji, Emma Louise Armstrong-Carter, Erika Marie Clary, Michelle Nicole Gay, Lama Khalil Haidar, Cassandra Karlsson, Sarah Molina, Katherine Hannah Mulligan, Andrea Nicole Stewart, Grace Millard, McCollum Ware

Pitt County – Jerome M. Allen, Caroline Basnight Collier, Courtney Marie Hardy, Danielle Elizabeth McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Oakley

Polk County – Madison Murphy Alexander, Allison Clayton, Cade Warner Underwood, 

Randolph County – Ryan Jacob O’Hara, Ifra Rehman, Addie Schoenberger

Richmond County – Jamilah Dawkins

Rockingham County – Mary Katherine Ward

Rutherford County – Marie Claire O’Leary

Sampson County – Troy Kay Royal

Stokes County – Austin Chapman-Lovette Cromer

Surry County – Cory Eaton

Union County – Adeline Elise Dorough, Ariana Cecilia Gavin, Chisimdi Onwuteaka, Pooja Patel, Mary-Katherine Scheppegrell

Wake County – Saima A. Akbar, Kendall Adrianne Bagley, Marissa Bane, Michelle Brint, Caylin Rachel Bullock, Alia Brielle Capone, Sarah D. Chen, Nainisha Chintalapudi, Yasemin Canan Cole, Lorelei Claudette Feeny *, Chamara Anthony Fernando, Lauren Elizabeth Fulcher, Brianna Diane Gaddy, Lindsay Gorman, Apoorva Gupta *, Chelsea Gustafson, Atima Huria, Alexandra Eva Isaacs, Sloan Yvette Johnson, Laurel Ann Keefer, Yasmin Singh Khera, Tirumala Devi Kodavanti, Szu-Aun Lim, Christine Elizabeth Malarkey, Sara Kathryn Mayson, Sa’a Mohammed, Sarah Morton, Daniel Stuart Parker, Meredith Grace Parker, Scott Benjamin Parker, Radha Atul Patel *, Richa B. Patel, Chandler Rock, Sean Nicholas Ryan, Anushree Kristie Singh, Claire Smith, Jessica Faith Smith *, Julia D. Stroup, Kelly Rebecca Tan

Watauga County – Olivia Horton

Wayne County – David B. Joyner, Holly Pittard

Florida – Jourdan Jillian Black, Jacob Rhys Higdon, Yushan Wang

Georgia – Radha Piyush Patel, Hannah Christine Single, Melissa Swope, Courtney Elizabeth Turner

Illinois – Mia Lei, Katelyn Leigh McIntosh

Maine – Sean Kevin McClung

Maryland – Kimberly Ann Blasey *, Phanna Iamlek, Kamaara Jordan Lucas, Nia Chantelle Rush, Janell Kae Smith, Rhea Wyse

Michigan – Ajene Robinson-Burris

Mississippi – Helen Sophie Kyriakoudes

New Hampshire – Ian Michael Gallager

New Jersey – Emma Leigh Berry, Danny Rahal, Pallavi Surana

New York – Samantha Asofsky, Lynn-Indora Edmond, Victoria Lee Lai

Ohio – Katherine Wiley

Oklahoma – Alexander Dean Sherry

Pennsylvania – Julia Demarest, Jessica Lindsay Smith *

South Carolina – Olivia Sawh

Tennessee – Daniel Peters

Texas – Julia Katharine Baker, Jessye Lemley Halvorson, Hilda Isabel Santiago

Vermont – Daniel Peter Hogenkamp

Virginia – Elizabeth Stuart Agnew, Marnie Lalon Blalock, Katherine Anne Cordova, Jennifer Loraine Heyward, Geneva Sara Melquist Jost, Chloe Alistair Karlovich, Sarah R. McShane, Mihir Pershad

Washington, D.C. – Milan Noel Flanagan

Wisconsin – Dana Mansfield, Amandla Kesi Stanley

China – Le Feng

* Indicates December 2015 graduates.

Inaugural MacDonald Community Service Scholars begin their work

By Janell Smith

Edited cropped MacDonald ScholarsAs the nation’s first public university, public service is part of UNC’s mission. Now a new scholarship is helping to make service an integral part of students’ academic experience, too. The MacDonald Community Service Scholarship provides tuition support to a select group of four incoming students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service.

Anish Bhatia of New Hyde Park, New York; Maximiliano Flores-Palacios of Gastonia, North Carolina; Finn Loendorf of Stanley, North Carolina; and John Roberson of Durham, North Carolina were selected as the inaugural scholars.

The MacDonald Community Service Scholarship, renewable for four years, also enables students to participate in a unique series of programs focused on increasing their knowledge and skills related to community service.

“I never saw myself as someone who really went out of their way for community service,” Finn Leondorf said. “And I certainly never thought it could lead to something as exciting as the MacDonald Community Service Scholarship.”

In addition to the tuition scholarship, MacDonald Scholars are also enrolled in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, which will help them develop their public service portfolios and skills related to community service. They are also part of the First-Year Service Corps and will complete 100 hours of service in their first year at Carolina alone.

In their third year, Leondorf, Flores-Palacios, Roberson and Bhatia will become MacDonald Community Fellows through the MacDonald Community Fellowship, where they will create individual public service projects and receive funding to implement the project. Their unique service projects will be completed by the time they graduate.

Though this seems like a tall order, these first-year students are not intimidated by the scholarship requirements.

“Ultimately, public service is an investment,” Max Flores-Palacios said. “Engaging in one’s community betters that community; not only for ourselves but also for future generations and I think that is what public service is about–building on our communities so that future generations can live in greater harmony.”

While the future seems far away for these inaugural MacDonald scholars, their career aspirations range from creating social entrepreneurial businesses to practicing social justice law to working in health professions. At the core of the each of their plans is to maintain a spirit of service.

“It’s important to me to be engaged in public service,” John Roberson said. “I have had many privileges growing up, socially, economically, geographically and so on, and there are far too many who did not and do not have those privileges.

“I think … it’s my responsibility to use my privilege, whether it be my money, time, voice or other resources, to help those without.”

In addition to their scholarship, these MacDonald Scholars will complete at least 1,000 hours of service over the next four years at Carolina. They also will receive training, mentorship and support in pursuing their particular public service interests.

“While I have always perceived public service as an external means of helping others in need,” Anish Bhatia said. “I, too, have benefited from activity within the community.

“To be recognized for that as a MacDonald Community Service Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an incredible honor.”

Carolina receives commitment to launch new community service scholarships and fellowship program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today a commitment from alumnus Scott Douglas MacDonald of Del Mar, California, to support undergraduate students dedicated to public service.

His gift has a dual purpose, creating the Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Scholarships in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid as well as the Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Fellowship Program in the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS).

Beginning this fall, MacDonald Community Service Scholarships are providing tuition support to a select group of four incoming students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. The awards, which are renewable for four years, also provide resources to increase the students’ related knowledge and skills.

As third-year students, MacDonald Scholars and potentially other community service scholars will become eligible for Scott D. MacDonald Community Fellowships. The fellowship program will provide monetary support enabling students to work with faculty and staff to identify and implement a signature, experience-based public service project.

“I believe everyone who has graduated and been successful in part because of the education they received, has an obligation to help others who follow,” said MacDonald, a retired real estate executive who received a master’s degree in regional planning from Carolina in 1972. “I also believe there are many people who are in need and would benefit from the efforts of interested and socially motivated university students. These programs speak to both needs.”

The first four MacDonald Community Service Scholars are: Maximiliano Flores-Palacios of Gastonia, North Carolina; Finn Loendorf of Stanley, North Carolina; John Roberson of Durham, North Carolina; and Anish Bhatia of New Hyde Park, New York.

“Scott MacDonald’s generous gift will ensure that these and future students have life-changing public service experiences that they will take with them regardless of the career path they pursue,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the CCPS. “They will learn as well as give, preparing them to leave Carolina committed and equipped to continue working for the betterment of society.”

MacDonald Scholar Flores-Palacios said he sees public service as an “investment.”

“Engaging in one’s community betters that community; not only for ourselves but also for future generations,” said Flores-Palacios. “I think that is what public service is about—building on our communities so that future generations can live in greater harmony.

During their four years at UNC-Chapel Hill, MacDonald Community Service Scholars and Fellows are expected to log at least 1,000 hours of service. Along with tuition support, they will receive training, mentorship and support in pursuing their particular public service interests.

“These students receive help and, in return, provide help,” said MacDonald. “It is a simple concept that could potentially change the way aid is funded and how communities are supported. This is just the beginning, and I salute UNC-Chapel Hill for leading the way. I hope other donors will follow by creating their own community service scholarships at Carolina.”

To learn more about creating a community service scholarship, contact Terri Hegeman, UNC-Chapel Hill’s director of development for scholarships, student aid and access, at 919-962-4385 or terri_hegeman@unc.edu.

http://www.unc.edu/campus-updates/carolina-receives-commitment-to-launch-new-community-service-scholarships-and-fellowship-program/

APPLES/BPSS alumna finds herself in service

By Janell Smith

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

This famous quote from Mahatma Ghandi is one that the APPLES Service-Learning program cherishes. It’s quoted often, it’s read aloud during moments of reflection, and it’s even been printed on APPLES T-shirts.

For some students, like UNC alumna Corinne Goudreault ’15, it has become a quote to live by.

Goudreault Corinne 3Goudreault, who was involved in a number of organizations including Relay For Life, Impact NC, the Community Empowerment Fund, Phi Beta Kappa, the Campus Y and HOPE, said that her commitment to public service during her time at UNC made a huge difference in her college experience.

“During my four years at Carolina, I was involved in the APPLES Service-Learning and Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) programs through the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS),” she said.

“In fact, as a first-year student, I participated in the APPLES Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) before classes even started.”

Participating in SLI before the start of her first-year not only exposed Goudreault to APPLES, BPSS and CCPS, but it completely transformed her Carolina experience.

“Through these programs I was able to track the service I did, interact with other students who were passionate about service, and learn traditional classroom material in experiential and service-oriented ways.”

Goudreault took the Center’s philanthropy course, received a paid APPLES service-learning internship with Farmer Foodshare, co-chaired the Campus Y’s Homeless Outreach Poverty Eradication (HOPE) committee and volunteered with the Community Empowerment Fund.

Goudreault said that it was this exposure to public service and engagement that led her to pursue a career in philanthropy which ultimately led her to her first job with the Weissberg Foundation, a philanthropic, family foundation in Washington, D.C.

“I believe the concrete and hands-on knowledge I gained from a philanthropic service-learning course I took through the BPSS program landed me this position. I never really understood that I could actually work in philanthropy before I took the course, but the Center continually made unimaginable opportunities a reality for me.”

During her time at UNC, Goudreault immersed herself in the University’s spirit of public service and allowed that spirit of service to help determine her future after Carolina.

But it did more than that. It also instilled in Goudreault the desire to ensure that future Tar Heels who are passionate about service have the same opportunities to participate in unique, real-life experiences in public service through courses, fellowships, internships and so much more.

“I symbolically invested $20.15 to the Center and plan to continue to invest in its programs,” she said.

“The opportunities I gained from the Carolina Center for Public Service have made me a socially-engaged citizen which will define me for the rest of my life. It’s what made my decision to donate such an easy one, and why I hope others will help to sustain these incredible programs for many years to come.

“Connecting academic learning and public service enhances the educational experience, helping students to positively impact the community. I will be forever grateful to the Center for connecting me and my community, and of course, for helping me get an awesome job!”

Students award funds to local nonprofits

By Laura Fisher

Each sDSC_0313pring, a group of UNC students gather in class to learn about philanthropy through the process of awarding $10,000 in grants to local nonprofits that promote health and quality of life in North Carolina communities. In the three-credit hour service-learning course Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change, students in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program create IMPACT NC, a student-run board that teaches participants about the grant-making process, including researching needs in North Carolina communities, designing grant award criteria, reviewing submissions and ultimately awarding $10,000 to between one and five organizations. The course, offer by the Carolina Center for Public Service and funded by the Learning by Giving Program, is a nationwide program that promotes the study of philanthropy among undergraduates, encouraging them to become thoughtful and effective community leaders.

After learning about the local nonprofit sector through course reading, class exercises and guest speakers, students identify underrepresented populations that they wish to serve through the grant-making process. Students create requests for proposals and review submissions from local nonprofits. At the end of the semester, a final allocation decision is made based on the mission of the nonprofits as well as the impact and requirements of their suggested projects. With $10,000, the student board has the resources to support impactful projects across North Carolina.

“This class has taught me how to be a careful and educated giver so that I can ensure that my donations are being utilized in the most effective ways,” said T.J. Wong ’15, a student in the service-learning course. “It has also given me a genuine sense of fulfillment by providing me with an opportunity to address some of the real issues that communities in North Carolina face.”

This year, four organizations received grants:

  • The Art Therapy Institute received $2,500 to support group art therapy to 33 uninsured refugee students aimed at improving mental health and psychosocial functioning.
  • Communities In Schools of Chatham County (CISCC) received $2,311 to expand its Youth Garden’s activities to include year-­round plant production.
  • Piedmont Health Services, Inc. received $2,433 to purchase mobile equipment to provide children’s dental health services at four community health centers in Alamance County.
  • Vidas de Esperanza received $3,000 to purchase computers and dental supplies free Dental Health Clinic in Siler City, North Carolina.

The course is taught by Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. Blanchard’s background is in education as well as policy, and she has experience directing various community initiatives on both a local and national scale.

Nonprofits interested in the grant application must be 501(C)(3) organizations focused on developing healthy families and communities in underserved populations of Orange, Durham, Chatham, Alamance, Person or Caswell counties. Priority is given to those focused on food security, access to care, health promotion and/or mental health. The next grant period will open in the spring of 2016.

Eleventh class of Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event


Three hundred and six members of the class of 2015 were honored as Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) May 8 at a pre-graduation ceremony in Memorial Hall, recognizing the scholars for their years of service at Carolina during their undergraduate careers. To represent their achievement, all graduates will receive a Carolina blue and white cord to wear at commencement on May 10.

Francis Camden 3The program, part of the Carolina Center for Public Service, supports and strengthens Carolina students’ commitment to service by providing students a framework to make a positive impact through service. BPSS participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world; connect to others who care about similar issues; and are involved in training and course work that make their service more effective. Launched in 2003, 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are currently enrolled as BPSS participants. The 2015 class of Buckley Public Service Scholars represent 48 of North Carolina’s counties as well as 24 other states and four other countries. The students being honored join the 1,628 past Buckley Public Service Scholars who have graduated since 2003, bringing the total number of scholars to 1,931.

To receive formal recognition, BPSS participants must have a minimum grade-point average, document at least 300 hours of service, take one service-learning course and attend four skills-training workshops as well as complete a final reflection activity. A number of this year’s graduates surpassed these requirements, completing more than 430 hours of service on average. Six students reported more than 1,000 hours each, and one submitted more than 1,700 hours. As of April 2015, these graduating seniors provided more than 133,500 hours of service.

“Participating in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program expanded my views of the Chapel Hill community while fostering my own passion for social justice,” said Frederick Ferguson, a member of the 2015 graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars. “My leadership skills greatly improved through working with the Hargraves Community Center and the students there shaped my years at UNC.

“The BPSS program allowed to me to not only serve my community, but for my community to serve me. I now plan to spend the rest of my life living in service to others.”

Brown Kaylah 2Since its inception, 5,635 students have participated in the BPSS program, contributing 1.43 million hours of service. This year, participating students reported service with more than 1,000 organizations like UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, UNC Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity and Student U. Of the hours reported by this year’s graduates, 73 percent primarily benefited North Carolina, 13 percent other states and 14 percent other countries.

“Each year, the graduating class of Buckley Public Service Scholars demonstrate the incredible scope and depth of public service and community engagement that is being done at Carolina,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service. “These seniors have taken public service to new heights through their commitment to serving communities locally, nationally and abroad. They have served an untold number of communities in extraordinary ways and we are extremely proud of what they have accomplished. Moreover, we look forward to seeing the many ways in which these students continue their commitment to public service beyond graduation.”

BPSS is supported through the Walter White Buckley Jr. Endowment. The Center offers a variety of programs that support public service and engagement, providing students, faculty and staff many ways to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and link their academic endeavors to making a difference in the community. For more information about each Buckley Public Service Scholar, visit ccps.unc.edu/bpss/bpss-in-the-news/.

Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Beatty (919) 843-7568, rbeatty@unc.edu

2015 Buckley Public Service Scholar graduates by county, state and country. Photos available by request.

Alamance: Erica Bluford, Becca Conary, Raleigh McCoy, Sarah Menz, Sophia Schermerhorn

Bladen: Brittany Hollis

Brunswick: Anna Zeng

Buncombe: Natalie Broadway, Melissa Brown, Mary Everist, Kaitlin Floyd, Paul Parker, Hannah Robinson, Ryan Smith, Cabarrus, Ciara Davis, Erika Lessane, Jasmine Plott, Carteret, Jordan Budget

Catawba: Celia Clark, Rebekah Sturgess

Chatham: Ashley Cairns, Danielle Helgans, Elizabeth Raines, Ramy Sugg

Cherokee: Jennifer Owenby

Cleveland: Megan Eaker

Craven: Aleksander Seymore

Cumberland: Sarah Browning, Casey Collins, Khristian Curry, Dylané Davis, Daron Holman, Meredith Shutt, Jassmin Smith

Davie: Katherine Davis

Duplin: Stephanie Crawford

Durham: Maura Ashton, Cameron Dubois, Sarvani Gandhavadi, Brooke Gardner, Krista Katzenmeyer, Katherine Koller, Sarah Lauffer, Bridget McDonough, Camille Romac-Gullo

Edgecombe: Caroline Leland

Forsyth: Maegan Becker, Cameron Casey, Alexis Duckett, Camden Francis, Wes Hodgin, Margaret Latta, Alice Martin, Nastassja Ortiz, Meghan Peddycord, Victoria Plybon

Gaston: Peter Carter, Reena Gupta, Andrew Nguyen

Guilford: Charity Azorlibu, Frederick Ferguson, Zaharaddeen Garba, Rachel Gentry, Laura Hanson, Sarah Hanson, Paola Isaac Ibe, Madeline Kirby, Kimberly McCullough, Jennell Mcintosh, Dennise Osei-Bonsu, Sotires Pagiavlas, Gabrielle Scott, Neha Verma, Stephanie Wardman, Julia Whitley

Halifax: Ronnell Green, Melanie Lockamon

Harnett: Nakiya Whitfield

Henderson: Joseph Cottingham, Eleanor Crane, Jaehee Yoo

Hertford: South Moore

Iredell: Corinne Goudreault, Persia Homesley, Nauman Panjwani, Courtney Sanders

Johnston: Jessica Carter, Olivia Stevens, Lauren Sutton

Lenoir: Alexander Frankfort

Lincoln: Jamison Zink

Mecklenburg: Cassandra Addamo, Imani Augustus, Adriann Bennett, Monica Bourommavong, Timarie Chan, Tammy Chen, LaCorey Cunningham, Tashana Detwiler, Calvary Diggs, Taylor Fish, Amanda Gaffey, Victoria Ghahhari, Radhika Ghodasara, Megan Hunstad, India Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson, Shannon Kirchmer, Ishna Koul, Maili Lim, Emmanuella Mensah, Sara Miles, Fahim Nasim, Walid Nasim, Timothy Parsons, Kunal Patel, Shyam Patel, Dominique Pearson, Sarah Pederson, Brianna Ratté, Caley Scheppegrell, Andrea Tam, Chuchitra Thanigaivasan, Madelyn Usher, Anhthu Vuong, Courtney Williams

Montgomery: Rosa Muñoz Aldape

Moore: Landon Sherwood

Nash: Ayat Soufan

New Hanover: Alejandra Galindo, Autumn Hester*, Hannah Jessen, Cassidy Maxwell, Sarah McCullough

Onslow: Tara Summerville, Rachel Tates

Orange: Hannah Allison, Kent Brouwer, Frances Chung, Abigail Dennison, Laura Gilland, Hana Haidar, Catherine Haviland, Janet Keku, Patrick Mateer, Christopher Mook, Kelly Pope, Katie Savage*, Chloe Stephenson, Melissa Tebaldi, Alissa Vanderlinden, Terry Wong, Yue Zhang, Fareeda Zikry

Pasquotank: Jasmin Singh

Person: Kristen Chambers, Amber Majors

Pitt: Kaylah Brown, Louise Mann Clement, Danielle Moloney, Daniela Pimentel

Randolph: Heather Shelton, Asma Warrich

Rowan: Andrea Lambert, Leslie Pence

Rutherford: Shakeia Burgin

Stokes: Ryan Joyce, Osvelia Valverde, Elizabeth Williard

Surry: Samantha McCormick

Union: Samantha Daily, Matthew Lee, Lauren Pritchard

Wake: Hussein Ahmad, Nicole Beatty, Kersey Begany*, William Bennett, Cody Blanton, Taylor Bogart, Erica Brownlow, Jenny Bui, Emerson Cardoso, Lauren Conder, Mackenzie Dolan, Cayce Dorrier, Amber Gautam, Peyton George, Winston George, Nitin Goel, Matthew Guan, Zakeria Haidary, Wilson Hayman, Isabella Higgins*, Jennifer Hiteshew, Lindsey Hooker, Austen Hughes, Karina Javalkar, Amanda Kramer, Catherine Lachapelle, Kate Leonard, Travis Linton, Sallie Lucas, Julia Lukacs, Rizul Naithani, Rani Patel, Olivia Perry, Kara Podraza, Anna Ramsey*, Raerani Reddy, Caitlin Riley, Sarah Spaltenstein, Shannon Spillane, Priya Sreenivasan, Hillary Stroud, Alyssa Townsend, Sara Wachtman, Sarah Ward, Alexandra Welsh, Alexis White, Brenna Yellin, Caroline Zullo

Watauga: Natalie Deuitch

Wayne: Morgan Jeffreys

Wilkes: Mitchell Nash

Yancey: Brittney King

United States
Alabama: Kristina Redd, Molly Williams

California: Sarah Thompson, Paris Vaughn, Frank Wu

Colorado: Casey Crow, Nisha Datta

Delaware: Lynslei Harris

Florida: Sanjana Bhat, Jessica Cabrera, Steven Hartman, Carol Knight, Carter McCormick, Emily Ruffin

Georgia: Kathleen Borden, Zineb Bouzoubaa, Avery Calhoun, Temitope Elutilo-Ayoola, Dakota Foard, Daniel Gehle, Sarah Grady, Katrina Lawrence, Ellen Lesser, Sarah McCauley, Ruhi Rahman, Kaitlin Shinn

Hawaii: Skylar La-Torre-Couch*

Illinois: Kendra Benner, Allison Madonia, Meredith Richard

Iowa: Amanda Sergesketter

Kansas: Gihani Dissanayake

Louisiana: Cheney Gardner

Maryland: Franck Azobou Tonleu, Connor Belson, Kane Borders, Nicholas Dillon, Katrina Hauprich, Charlotte Jackson, Justin Jones, Katherine Jordan, Griffin Lerner, Jennifer McCosby

Massachusetts: Joseph Dayaa, Brendan Leonard, Haniah Lerner

Michigan: Angelica Rankins

Missouri: Raquel Dominguez

New Jersey: Christina Cheng, Sonya Kowalczyk, Sonia Shah, Alyssa Vassallo

New York: Sarah Golan, Michelle Graziosi, Tasia Harris, Sarah Maclean, Paige Sferrazza

Ohio: Aditi Borde, Sarah Lamb, Randi Towns

Pennsylvania: Hannah Bucchin, Emily Cerciello, Alexandra Chir, Mary Liz Entwistle, Stephanie Hess, Zack Kaplan, Alexander Piasecki

South Carolina: Tianna Barnes, Joshua Ellis, Hannah Hollon, Anand Shah, Ellis Sojourner, Collin Williams

Tennessee: Emily Buzhardt, Mary Peeler

Texas: Christin Carpenter, Amish Parikh, Claire Porter

Virginia: Erin Shumate, Shannon Wheeler

Washington, D.C.: Danielle Allyn

Country
Canada: Maximillian Seunik

China: Ziyou Wu

Philippines: Michael Strawser

United Kingdom: Bridget Larman

* Indicates December 2014 graduates.

First Arts in Public Service fellow graduates

By Janell Smith

Aditi BordeAditi Borde ‘15, like 306 other seniors, will graduate as a Buckley Public Service Scholars on May 8.

But Borde is different from the other scholars — she’s the only scholar to graduate from the program’s new Arts in Public Service Fellowship.

In 2014, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows, a program that encourages students to make a direct impact in their community through the arts.

During her time as an undergraduate student and scholar, Borde has done just that.

“Throughout my experiences of integrating art through public service, I realized art has much more power than it is given credit,” Borde said.

As the first Arts in Public Service Fellow, Borde has directly impacted many communities through her work with the arts. In the service-learning course Service-Learning in America: the Arts and Social Change, Borde engaged in arts-based activities worked with the Art Therapy Institute, an organization of mental health professionals dedicated to the healing power of the arts. Borde also led the first Arts in Public Service Fellows APPLES alternative break in Asheville and served as a volunteer with the Cary celebration of Diwali, a widely celebrated Hindu holiday known as the Festival of Lights. She also danced with UNC’s fusion dance team, Chapel Hill Chalkaa, and served as its president.

Borde said these experiences encouraged her to become a fellow. In her service at the Art Therapy Institute, for example, Borde watched as children used art as a means of self-expression.

arts fellow“The children in the hospital used iPads to draw — art allowed them to express themselves, release emotions and even use it as a getaway to distract themselves from the reason they were in the hospital,” Borde said.

“Only based on this experience, I realized that the power of art was extraordinary.”

Borde added the Arts in Public Service provided her with unrivaled support from her peers and professors. She would love for other students to have similar experiences with the growth of the program.

“I hope it grows in that more people get involved in different kinds of arts — not only the ‘typical’ art genres,” she said.

“I hope that more theater, dance and creative writing arts students get involved because the most fun part of the fellowship was learning and experiencing the different genres of art that I had never been exposed to.”

Borde hopes her experience as an Arts in Public Service Fellow will allow her to incorporate the arts into her future career as well.

“I witnessed the arts being used as a therapeutic for children,” she said. “As a student going into medicine, I hope to find new ways to incorporate arts in the medical field.”

Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship FreshSpire awarded $10,000 for innovating social change

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Shraddha Rathod, Hannah Sloan, Gabrielle Beaudry, Jennifer Wu, and Mona Amin (left to right), former students at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, developed a multifaceted notification system and mobile application to notify consumers on the daily markdowns that occur in grocery stores on perishable goods.

By Laura Fisher

During their senior year of high school, five current college first-years came up with an idea to change the food distribution system in North Carolina.

FreshSpire is a mobile app that aims to connect consumers and grocers by alerting nearby shoppers of time-sensitive deals on produce.

Their idea has attracted plenty of attention, recently winning one of the 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prizes for Innovation at the 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum, an event in Raleigh that explores innovation and ideas in a variety of sectors. The organization has also been recognized at UNC as a recipient of the 2015 Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship, a program of the Carolina Center for Public Service that is designed for aspiring social change-makers.

“The Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship has been a great space through which to have really important conversations we might not otherwise have,” said Hannah Sloan ‘18, one of FreshSpire’s founders. “It pushes us to be intelligent yet efficient in the ways we approach consensus, decision-making, relationship-mapping and creating metrics of success to evaluate our projects.”

Created by Sloan and fellow UNC student Gabrielle Beaudry ’18, as well as three other students at North Carolina State University, East Carolina University and Harvard, FreshSpire reduces food waste, food insecurity and the amount of food deposited in landfills. By advertising food that would otherwise be thrown away, the app makes food distribution more effective and increases the opportunity for all socio-economic classes to afford a nutritious diet.

“FreshSpire is on the path to development,” said Sloan. “We want to be experts in the problem we are trying to help solve.”

The 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation awarded FreshSpire $10,000 as a Fan Favorite. The Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship awarded the start-up $1,500 and provides access to professional development funds, leadership training and personal development.