Congratulations to health education and behavior senior Amber Donald as she joins UF’s Hall of Fame!
Established in 1921, the Hall of Fame is the highest recognition given annually to student leaders at the UF. The award honors seniors and graduate students who have shown outstanding commitment to improving the University of Florida through campus and community involvement, participation in organized campus activities, and scholastic achievement.
Out of 125 applicants, 25 were selected as by a committee of faculty, staff, and former award recipients. In addition to HHP, eight of UF’s 16 colleges are represented among the winners.
“When I found out that I won through a post on Instagram, I couldn’t really believe it,” Donald said. “It was completely surreal.”
Donald said that she has always had a passion for serving the community. She credits her involvement as the president of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students, volunteer work in Delta Sigma Theta and participation in the club Black Women in Medicine as essential to her college experience.
Donald’s love for community involvement continues off campus. The Brooklyn native launched an open mic night in East Gainesville, bringing a comedy show for residents and visitors to enjoy.
“I wanted to bridge East Gainesville with the rest of the city,” Donald said. “It’s important to bring everyone together.”
After graduation, Donald plans to take a gap year before applying to medical school. She said that her ultimate goal would be to a practicing psychiatrist with a masters in public health serving underserved communities.