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MacDonald Community Fellow Tiffany TurnerThe MacDonald Community Fellowship provides selected students with funding, mentorship and support to create and implement a signature service project during their junior and/or senior year. Recipients of Community Service Scholarships will be invited to apply and receive priority, but applications from other students with significant community partnership will also be considered.

The MacDonald Community Fellowship program provides students with:

  • Opportunities and resources to plan and implement a project in collaboration with a community partner to respond to an identified community need
  • Structure to establish a meaningful partnership and relationship with a community partner
  • Education and skills training on project planning and development
  • Financial, educational and professional resources to implement and fulfill their plan.

Components of a fellowship project:

  • Fellows should have an invested relationship with their community partner. Except under rare occasions, this partner should be a community-based organization and not affiliated with UNC.
  • The project should meet a need identified collaboratively by the fellow and their community partner.
  • The project should take approximately one to two years to implement and ideally will be sustained by the organization or future volunteers.
  • Fellows will have access to up to $1,500 over one to two years for project needs such as supplies, transportation, event costs, marketing and other materials.
  • Fellows will do a final presentation and/or report of their projects.

For examples of fellowship projects: MacDonald Fellowship Recipients

Applications for the MacDonald Community Fellowship are closed. Applications for fellowships that begin in 2021 will open in April 2021. Apply online though the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

Contact Ryan Nilsen at with any questions.