Emma Ehrhardt, a third-year Psychology B.S. undergraduate student, was selected as a 2019 recipient of the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award.
The Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award honors the memory and accomplishments of alumnus Robert E. Bryan ’26 of Newton Grove, N.C., who worked his way through the University to become a successful businessman, entrepreneur and public servant. Five Bryan Awards are given for a specific effort (rather than an overall record) exemplifying outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina that is characterized by working in partnership with community members, inspiring and involving others, and/or helping others to serve, responding to a practical problem, issue or concern of the state, and working to assure the impact in the community is lasting. The five Bryan Awards are given to five recipients, including an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty member, staff member, and an officially recognized student organization.
Emma was selected as the undergraduate award winner for her work in founding Stage Play, an organization within the Campus Y that provides acting classes to children with autism. Stage Play helps these children better address social stressors and develop skills and comfort in social situations. Emma will receive a cash award, a framed certificate, and recognition at the annual Public Services Ceremony on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 4 pm in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center. Congratulations, Emma!