Corey Sams Receives Nell Hamilton Trotter Award
Corey Sams, a film and video major from Austell, Georgia, received the Nell Hamilton Trotter Award at the Spring 2016 Commencement. This award recognizes commitment to student involvement and is the highest student leadership award presented by Georgia State University. Corey also was recently crowned Mr. Georgia State University, which recognizes academic achievement, university pride and community service. He described this as his most memorable moment, because he was the first person to hold this position. Corey has used this platform to help others see their potential at Georgia State University.
Corey’s leadership journey began in the Emerging Leaders Freshman Learning Community, which served as the foundation for the campus leadership positions he has held throughout his collegiate career. As a sophomore, Corey served as president for Peerless Perfexion (an all-male step and mentorship student organization), as vice-president of the Black Sophomore Society, as philanthropy chair for Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society and as a senator for the Student Government Association. He also became a brother in the Pi Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated. His leadership and accomplishments in such a short time earned him campus recognition as the Rising Star Award recipient.
As a junior, Corey served as a resident assistant and the vice-president of budget and finance for the Student Government Association. In his senior year, he has continued to give back to campus as the vice-president of student life, president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and a 1913 Society ambassador. As vice-president of student life, Corey has increased student participation in campus activities by partnering with Spotlight Programs Board to distribute tailgating starter kits, sponsoring 20 golf-carts for the annual Golf Cart Parade and partnering with the Student Alumni Association to make their traditions keeper app available to the entire student body. He also shared his passion for Georgia State with prospective students as a tour guide in the Welcome Center.
While balancing all of his co-curricular responsibilities, Corey has maintained an outstanding academic record and his Hope Scholarship throughout his academic career. He was named to the President’s List and the Dean’s List nearly every semester since starting at Georgia State and is a student in the Honors College. Corey is an excellent role model for all students. In addition to all his contributions to Georgia State University, Corey will be remembered for his warm smile and contagious energy. After graduation, he plans to work as an event specialist for Viacom media networks or Paramount Pictures.