Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award

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The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award is given annually in support of innovative public service projects that exemplify the motto of Rotary International, “Service above Self.” The award, sponsored by the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, is named for the late Dr. Ronald W. Hyatt, professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and long-time member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, in recognition of his distinguished career at the University and his commitment to helping others. Each year, up to $3,000 is awarded for an international project and up to $2,000 is awarded for a local project. The Carolina Center for Public Service administers this award.


  • Undergraduate or graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill, individually or in teams.
  • Applicants must be continuing their studies at UNC-Chapel Hill in the following fall semester.
  • The proposal must be written and submitted by the student(s) who have planned and will be implementing the project.
  • The Hyatt award will NOT fund internships or projects in which all or most of the funds support student travel and living expenses.

Submission Guidelines

Submission guidelines include the following:

  • A justification of need and a description of how the service you will provide or the project you will complete adds to or complements what is already available;
  • A concise description of the project and how you will carry it out, including a description of the personnel involved;
  • Specific outcomes and how you will measure them;
  • An estimate of the impact of the project and the likelihood that the project will continue after the award period has ended;
  • An approximate timeline you will follow; and
  • A project budget that does not request more than $3,000 if international and $2,000 if local and describes the sources and amounts of any other funding. (NOTE: Although travel costs for students will be considered, preference will be given to projects in which a significant portion of the budget goes to community and project costs.)

If the project will be conducted in cooperation with or receive financial or other support from a governmental agency or private sector organization, applicants are asked to submit a letter of commitment from each such agency, which can be uploaded with the application.

Applications for the 2019 Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award open Dec. 1 and close Feb. 8. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

2018 Award Recipients

Michaela Dubay, a graduate student studying speech and hearing sciences, and Emily O’Mara and Alex Miles, graduate students studying public health leadership, received the 2018 Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. Dubay will use the $3,000 award to fund a project to improve autism care in Bolivia. She will partner with the UNC-Chapel Hill chapter of The Autism Project to educate local health professionals through lectures and presentations. O’Mara and Miles will use their award to aid development of Square One, a free, mobile tattoo removal service for those currently and formerly incarcerated. They will partner will multiple UNC departments and programs as well as medical students on this project.