Outward Bound Scholarships
Each year, the Carolina Center for Public Service awards scholarships to participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, Carolina Leadership Development program, and NC Teaching Fellows. Recipients receive full tuition to a 28-day course at the North Carolina Outward Bound School and may choose from one of two course dates in early and late summer. Please review the materials below to learn more.
Applications are currently closed.
Important Outward Bound Dates for
2012 Course dates:
June 16 - July 13: Course NFO11281
June 29- July 26:
Only currently enrolled Buckley Public Service
Scholars at UNC Chapel Hill are eligible.
Applicants must be at least 18 years
old, physically fit, involved in public
service and returning to UNC for the
2012-2013 academic year. Morehead Scholars
and others who have participated before
in Outward Bound courses or in similar
outdoor leadership experiences (NOLS)
are not eligible.
Applications should be completed and submitted electronically. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
The Scholarship covers the full tuition for a 28-day course at the North Carolina Outward Bound School. The recipient is responsible for the cost of their own clothing, a physical examination, and travel to and from the Outward Bound School.
Upon returning from Outward Bound in
the fall semester of 2012, students
will be asked to answer a few questions
reflecting on lessons learned while
on Outward Bound and how the experience
has affected their public service.
In order for the Outward Bound course to count as a BPSS skills training, students must complete a BPSS skills training log via the BPSS database by the summer hours and trainings deadline (typically during of the second week of fall classes).
About the North Carolina Outward Bound School
By its own description, the North Carolina
Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is “neither
a summer camp nor an eco-travel company,
nor a fleet of guides and porters. It
is a school.” As such, the Outward Bound
experience is unpredictable, adventurous,
and unforgettable. Students who participate
in the program will spend time in a
variety of wilderness areas developing
practical outdoor skills and learning
about the inherent connections between
humanity and the environment. As the
experience progresses, the Outward Bound
instructors turn over the decision-making
responsibilities to the members of the
group. “You may captain a boat, lead
an ascent, or navigate your group through
difficult terrain. These are all opportunities
to realize the success of your own decisions
and plans as well as learn from your
Groups consist of 6 to 12 members who work as a team and undertake progressively more challenging experiences during the course of the program. Depending on weather and other variables, participants may experience backpacking, caving, canoeing, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling and a ropes course. All technical gear and food is provided by NCOBS; participants are responsible for providing their own clothing and appropriate footwear. To learn more, visit the North Carolina Outward Bound School website at www.ncobs.org.
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