Trotter Award Recipient
The Fall 2018 recipient of the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award is Ifeoluwa Afon, a Neuroscience major from Hampton, Georgia. A dedicated scholar, athlete, and leader, Ifeoluwa has actively contributed to the campus community since her first year. As a member of the Women’s Track and Field Team, Ifeoluwa demonstrated her commitment and dedication through countless early morning practices and official track meets. She also represented student-athletes through service as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. In addition to her service to student athletes, Ifeoluwa is actively involved in serving the campus community as well as the greater Atlanta community.
As a member of the 1913 Society, Ifeoluwa has represented the university to dignitaries including Governor Deal and the Board of Regents Chancellor Wrigley. Ifeoluwa serves as part of the 1913 Society Executive Board and has planned and facilitated community service projects for the group. Ifeoluwa is actively engaged in the Bethel Campus Fellowship where she has served as Vice-President and Fundraising Coordinator. In addition, she is a member of the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and the Collegiate Nu Rho Psi Society. In her sophomore year, she served as President of the Student Housing Community Council.
In addition to her involvement on campus, Ifeoluwa actively serves the community by putting to use her skills and education as a pre-med student. She volunteers at Emory Hospital with the neonatal intensive care unit and at Grady Hospital with the Immunology Unit. As a part of P.A.U.S.E. Partnerships, she has participated in clinical shadowing with a variety of physicians and observed numerous medical procedures. In Spring 2018, Ifeoluwa presented her research, The Effects of EtOH and GABA-A Receptors in Procambarus Clarkii to Georgia State’s Neuroscience Institute.
Ifeoluwa represents the highest ideals of leadership through her non-stop pursuit of excellence both inside and outside of the classroom. She has truly embodied the ideals of a scholar-athlete and demonstrated a commitment to the greater community. After graduation, Ifeoluwa plans to attend medical school and later pursue a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, focusing her work in underserved communities in inner-cities and rural areas. While waiting to start medical school, she will continue volunteering at her church’s free health clinic, Place of Hope, in Morrow, Georgia.