APPLES Service-Learning

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APPLES Service-Learning is a student-led program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. Since 1990, APPLES has strengthened civic engagement by bringing together students, faculty and communities in sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships.

APPLES offers a variety of programs, including alternative breaks, service-learning initiative, internships, courses and fellowships.

Announcements and deadlines

  • APPLES is accepting proposals for $5,000 service-learning course development grants from faculty and instructors across campus teaching undergraduate, graduate and professional students. APPLES awards up to seven $5,000 grants to develop new or modify existing courses that successfully integrate community-based service into the curriculum and promote the pedagogy of service-learning at UNC. To see current and past grant recipients, visit the website. Applications will be accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal until March 26, 2018.
  • APPLES Service-Learning’s annual Course Development Institute on Service-Learning will be May 15, 2018. Topics include service-learning pedagogy, faculty course models, partnership development and course design. Faculty and instructors new to service-learning as well as those with experience are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for UNC participants, however, space is limited. Register here by May 10. For more information, contact Becca Bender.
  • Each semester, students and community partners connected to an APPLES Service-Learning course are eligible to apply for a partnership grant. Additionally, Students in APPLES courses who are volunteering at locations further from campus are eligible to apply for transportation grants for financial assistance. Applications are accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
  • APPLES Service-Learning awards course enhancement grants of up to $500 every semester. Rolling applications are accepted online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.
  • Students enrolled in APPLES classes should complete the online module.
  • View the 2018 spring semester course listing.

Service-Learning AWARDS

Each year APPLES recognizes outstanding achievements in the service-learning community at the APPLES Awards ceremony with the presentation of five awards: Service-Learning Award in Honor of Ned Brooks, APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award, APPLES Teaching Excellence Award, APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award and APPLES Outstanding Alumni Award. Learn more about each award at APPLES Service-Learning Awards. Award nominations are closed.

Service-Learning Summer Internships 2017

Rising senior Jennifer Barber of Waxhaw, North Carolina, a public relations major, spent her summer as a paid intern at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center, working with children of all abilities during summer camp sessions. Read more

Zareen Farooqui is a junior studying business administration and computer science at UNC-Chapel Hill. This summer, she’s using the knowledge she gained in her classes to revamp United Way of the Greater Triangle’s Teaming for Technology Program. Read more

Griffin Smith is a rising senior majoring in mathematics and history and is considering a career in education. This summer, he has spent a lot of time teaching and mentoring with the Upward Bound Program at Central Carolina Community College. Read more