Fortune Onwuzuruike Receives Trotter Award
The spring 2017 recipient of the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award is Fortune Onwuzuruike, a health informatics major from Marietta, Georgia. His time at Georgia State University has been marked by a commitment to leadership and service. He began his collegiate journey by participating in the Summer Success Academy for first-year students during the summer of 2013 and wasted no time getting involved as the vice-president of the Hall Council. During his first-year, he continued to serve in the role of president of Piedmont North Hall Council and as a Student Government Association freshman volunteer. He also joined Tighter Grip and the African Students Association, which provided him the opportunity to connect the facets of his social identity with campus involvement. He also became a brother of the Pi Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
During his sophomore year, Fortune began accepting leadership roles that not only stretched his wings, but allowed him to have a positive impact on other students at the university. These roles included senator for the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, First-Year Experience Mentor, and Black Sophomore Society member. He completed the Panther LEAP program in preparation for leadership in University Housing. Most memorably, he was crowned Homecoming Prince in his sophomore year and finished out the year as a Summer Success Academy Peer Mentor.
Continuing his service during his junior year, Fortune served as the vice-president of Student Services for the Student Government Association. One of his most significant accomplishments in this role was the development of the commuter student meal plan, which provides an affordable and convenient on campus eating option for commuter students. He also worked to implement grocery shuttles for residential students and utilized social media to inform students each month about campus departments. His work in Student Government Association led him to being voted the first Student Government Association president for the consolidated campus.
During his tenure as president, Fortune created a bill to have all university-wide Student Government Association meetings live-streamed to allow active participation for all officers without the burden of transportation to different campuses. He is also responsible for advocating for over 50,000 students, serves on the fiscal advisory committee of the university and the Student Advisory Council for the Board of Regents. In this as well as his previous roles, Fortune has made a positive impact on the campus community and will be remembered for his service.
While balancing all of his co-curricular responsibilities, Fortune also made the Dean’s List every semester of his academic career, receiving over five academic scholarships and was an active volunteer in the community. Upon graduation, Fortune will begin working with the largest health system in Georgia, Wellstar Health System, in the information system department. He hopes to return to Georgia State in the future to complete the dual MBA/MHA program, in preparation for his long-term goal of becoming a healthcare executive. Leadership Development has no doubts that he will be able to accomplish all this and more. Please join Leadership Development in congratulating the spring 2017 recipient of the Trotter Award, Fortune Onwuzuruike.