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Celebrating 20 years

As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill exists to serve North Carolina, the United States and the world through teaching, research and public service. The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good. 

Over the last 20 years, CCPS has established its own signature programs while also working as a pan-university center to promote public service and engagement throughout the Carolina community. In 2009, APPLES Service-Learning officially became a program of CCPS, bringing together two organizations rooted in the connection between public service and scholarship. Throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, CCPS is celebrating not only the 20th anniversary of the Center but also the 30th anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program.

Keep scrolling to learn more about our rich history of connecting Carolina and communities. Follow along online as we celebrate our living legacy using the hashtags #CCPS20 and #APPLES30!


Carolina Center for Public Service founded
and Hurricane Floyd relief efforts coordinated


First annual Public Service Awards


CCPS begins publishing the Public
Service News (PSN)


Public Service Fair hosted
to commemorate September 11


Buckley Public Service
Scholars program created


The Center began hosting the Tar Heel
Bus Tour for the Chancellor’s Office


Philanthropy project began, now the Philanthropy
as a Tool for Social Change course


First Entrepreneurial Public Service
Fellowships awarded, now part of the
Robert E. Bryan Fellowships through
APPLES Service-Learning


CCPS hosted first Campus Dialogue
on Engagement with the late Bill Friday


Faculty Engaged Scholars program (now
Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars) launched


APPLES Service-Learning
became a program
at the Center


UNC received the Presidential Award
of the 2009 President’s Higher Education
Community Service Honor Roll


Thomas James Endowment
created to provide
the Center’s North
Carolina Outward
Bound scholarships


First Community Engagement
Fellowship awarded for
graduate and professional students


The Buckley Public Service Scholars program
and Carolina performing Arts created the Arts
in Public Service Fellows program


Donald and Karen Wagoner establish the
Mingma Norbu Sherpa Fellowship


Scott MacDonald endows
Community Service Scholars


Jesse White begins sponsoring elected
public official internships


CCPS expands the University’s
disaster response efforts
following a series of major hurricanes


CCPS supports the return
of the Tar Heel Bus Tour
initiated by Interim
Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz

lynn blanchard sitting at her desk


CCPS director Lynn Blanchard receives C. Knox Massey Award.