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The Carolina Center for Public Service recently awarded its first Public Service Grants to faculty/staff and student organizations.
Five grants went to faculty and staff, with each award worth $5,000. Chosen from 61 proposals, they target a wide range of groups, such as physically disabled students, high school students unfamiliar with Mexican culture and families making end-of-life decisions. The Public Service Grant program is designed to launch new or advance existing public service programs in North Carolina.
"We're thrilled with the number of applications," Provost Richard Richardson said in announcing the awards. "The interest in these grants is tangible evidence of the value of the Carolina Center for Public Service for the University and the community at large."
Faculty/staff grant winners:
Public Service Grants also went to 15 student organizations. The awards -- ranging from $500 to $3,000 each -- will go toward helping the mentally handicapped, Hispanic women with limited English skills, the homeless and rural high school students, among others.
The Carolina Center for Public Service was established in July 1998 as the result of a gift from an anonymous donor. The center provides guidance, coordination and support under one umbrella for the public service efforts of faculty, staff and students. For more information about the center, call Donna Warner, interim director, at 2-1575.