UNC-Chapel Hill receives commitment to launch new community service scholarships and fellowship program

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UNC-Chapel Hill receives commitment to launch new community service scholarships and fellowship program


(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Dec. 1, 2015) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced today a commitment from alumnus Scott Douglas MacDonald of Del Mar, California, to support undergraduate students dedicated to public service.


His gift has a dual purpose, creating the Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Scholarships in the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid as well as the Scott D. MacDonald Community Service Fellowship Program in the Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS).


Beginning this fall, MacDonald Community Service Scholarships are providing tuition support to a select group of four incoming students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service. The awards, which are renewable for four years, also provide resources to increase the students’ related knowledge and skills.


As third-year students, MacDonald Scholars and potentially other community service scholars will become eligible for Scott D. MacDonald Community Fellowships. The fellowship program will provide monetary support enabling students to work with faculty and staff to identify and implement a signature, experience-based public service project.


“I believe everyone who has graduated and been successful in part because of the education they received, has an obligation to help others who follow,” said MacDonald, a retired real estate executive who received a master’s degree in regional planning from Carolina in 1972. “I also believe there are many people who are in need and would benefit from the efforts of interested and socially motivated university students. These programs speak to both needs.”


The first four MacDonald Community Service Scholars are: Maximiliano Flores-Palacios of Gastonia, North Carolina; Finn Loendorf of Stanley, North Carolina; John Roberson of Durham, North Carolina; and Anish Bhatia of New Hyde Park, New York.


“Scott MacDonald’s generous gift will ensure that these and future students have life-changing public service experiences that they will take with them regardless of the career path they pursue,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the CCPS. “They will learn as well as give, preparing them to leave Carolina committed and equipped to continue working for the betterment of society.”


MacDonald Scholar Flores-Palacios said he sees public service as an “investment.”


“Engaging in one’s community betters that community; not only for ourselves but also for future generations,” said Flores-Palacios. “I think that is what public service is about—building on our communities so that future generations can live in greater harmony.”


During their four years at UNC-Chapel Hill, MacDonald Community Service Scholars and Fellows are expected to log at least 1,000 hours of service. Along with tuition support, they will receive training, mentorship and support in pursuing their particular public service interests.


“These students receive help and, in return, provide help,” said MacDonald. “It is a simple concept that could potentially change the way aid is funded and how communities are supported. This is just the beginning, and I salute UNC-Chapel Hill for leading the way. I hope other donors will follow by creating their own community service scholarships at Carolina.”


To learn more about creating a community service scholarship, contact Terri Hegeman, UNC-Chapel Hill’s director of development for scholarships, student aid and access, at 919-962-4385 or terri_hegeman@unc.edu.






About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 78 bachelor’s, 112 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.


About the Carolina Center for Public Service

The Carolina Center for Public Service engages and supports the faculty, students and staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in meeting the needs of North Carolina and beyond. The center strengthens the University’s public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.



Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Rhonda Hubbard Beatty, (919) 843-6993, rbeatty@unc.edu

Development contact: Kim Elenez, (919) 962-1628, kelenez@email.unc.edu

Communications and Public Affairs contact: MC VanGraafeiland, (919) 962-7090, mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu