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News Release

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Nov. 30, 2005 -- No. 599

Local angles: Burke, Catawba, Durham, Orange and Robeson counties

UNC student organizations receive Seagraves
Service Grants for diverse public service projects

CHAPEL HILL -- Nine University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student organizations have received grants to fund projects as diverse as providing information to families facing foreclosure and creating a community garden at a local homeless shelter.

UNCís Carolina Center for Public Service recently presented the Seagraves Service Grants to support public service projects addressing identifiable needs statewide. The grants program is funded through the support of a UNC alumnus in honor of his grandmother, Mildred Yeager Seagraves.

This is the second year of the Seagraves Grants, and the donorís $15,000 gift will continue to support the grants program for the next three years.

"This was the greatest opportunity, and we really appreciated the money that we were given," said 2004 Seagraves Grant recipient Jessica Milliken of Las Guapitas, a student organization that mentors Hispanic middle school girls.

"The girls in the program have learned so much as a result of this program, and itís because of the grant that we were able to do it."

The Carolina Center for Public Service received proposals from officially recognized UNC student organizations and chose nine to receive funding. Grantees receive up to $300 to fund their proposed service projects during the 2005-2006 academic year.

This yearís recipients include the following:

For more information on public service opportunities at UNC, visit http://www.unc.edu/cps.

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Carolina Center for Public Service contact: Brooke Wilson, (919) 843-7568

News Services contact: Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu