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Fall 2017

UNC launches the Campaign for Carolina

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As the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill embarks on the largest fundraising effort to date–the Campaign for Carolina–the work, mission and impact of the Carolina Center for Public Service will be at the forefront.

Tarik Woods ‘20 is an economics and philosophy major from Salisbury, North Carolina, who credits the Buckley Public Service Scholars program for providing him meaningful opportunities to serve in North Carolina and beyond. “Through the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, I have seen student leaders engage with hundreds of service opportunities not just around our campus but around the world,” Woods said. “It has been an essential part to my development as a Carolina student and it has been more than that to my development as a citizen.” Tarik was a featured speaker at the Campaign for Carolina Launch in October. Watch here

Service experience leads to career path for APPLES/Buckley Public Service Scholar participant

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For Analisa Sorrells, a December 2017 graduate, service through the Buckley Public Service Scholars and APPLES Service-Learning programs, and her work with local nonprofits defined her Carolina experience, and led to her dream career path of giving back and helping others. Read more

One year after Hurricane Matthew, UNC’s work in the community continues

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One of the most destructive hurricanes in the past decade, Hurricane Matthew delivered more than 13 inches of rain in North Carolina over the course of 24 hours on Oct. 8, 2016. More than one year later, North Carolina is still recovering and UNC continues to help those affected – first in the recovery process and now assisting with rebuilding. Read more

Public service trainings connect students to community organizations


The Buckley Public Service Scholars program provides students with diverse, specialized training opportunities. One training partnership with the YMCA of the Triangle taught students how to protect children from abuse through the Stewards of Children program. Read more

Water over the bridge


Rachel Willis, an American studies, global studies and economics professor and a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar, researches the intersection of transportation infrastructure and sea-level rise. Read more

APPLES Alternative Breaks launches new break experience

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A record number of 82 UNC students participated in APPLES Alternative Fall Break, providing service to communities across North Carolina and the Southeast. The refugee community break to Greensboro, North Carolina, is the newest addition to APPLES alternative break program, made possible through the Murdock Family Alternative Break Experience Fund. Read more

Announcing the Ubell Community Service SCholarship

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Alumnus Donald Ubell ’67 has been giving back to the Carolina community since graduating 50 years ago. He recently created the Ubell Community Service Scholarship to inspire other Tar Heels to become leaders in public service and give back to their communities. This scholarship adds to the Center’s Community Service Scholarship program established by alumnus Scott MacDonald ‘72.

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 11:
APPLES summer internship application opens


Dec. 16 – 22:
APPLES Alternative Winter Break


Jan. 1 – 31:
BPSS spring enrollment


Feb. 23:


Mar. 9 – 18:
APPLES Alternative Spring Break


Apr. 9:
Public Service Awards


May 11:
BPSS spring graduation


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Jan. 20:
Davis Projects for Peace applications due


Jan. 24:
APPLES summer internship applications closes


Feb. 5:
Community Engagement Fellowship applications due


Feb. 8:
Sherpa fellowship applications due


Feb. 8:
Hyatt Award applications due


Mar. 12:
Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars applications close


Mar. 20:
SMART Mentoring applications close


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