Bobcat Awards recognize students’ volunteer work
The Bobcat Awards presented 38 awards and eight scholarships to GC student leaders and student organizations to honor their contributions to GC and Milledgeville on April 3.
“The Bobcat Awards serves as an opportunity to acknowledge and showcase the great work student leaders and student organizations are doing and the impact they are having on campus and in the community,” said Jonathan Meyer, Campus Life’s assistant director for business operations.
Senior Mary Beth Hall, an outdoor education major, was awarded the Female Volunteer of the Year award. Hall said she achieved most of her service hours through Young Life by spending time with high school students in the Baldwin County area, planning meetings, attending events and participating in retreats.
“Being the recipient of this award means so much to me,” Hall said. “It allows me to represent the organization of Young Life, which I love dearly and have invested my time into over the past four years. I hope that this award inspires others to become part of an organization where they can give their time away for the benefit of others.”
Hall also received the Female Fraternal Outstanding Service award, which is given to a member of Greek Life with the most service hours.
Senior Ansley Jones, a marketing major, received the Senior Service Award, an award given to the senior at GC with the most tracked hours in Give Pulse. Jones has volunteered 1,100 hours since her freshman year and attributed these hours to having unpaid internships with nonprofits, dedicating her time to GC Miracle and being the philanthropy chair of her sorority, Phi Mu.
“It honestly is really cool to me that I got this award because it’s not about a single thing I did, but about how I did my college career by volunteering and participating in the organizations I love,” Jones said.
GC Shelter Buddies, an organization that volunteers at the Baldwin County Animal Shelter, was awarded Student Organization of the Year.
“We have continually volunteered more hours every year as a club, fundraised even more, and our size has grown exponentially,” said sophomore Tate Pointer, a marketing major and GC Shelter Buddies vice president of recruitment. “Every year, we are creating more of an impact with the Baldwin County Animal Shelter, and it is amazing to see the lives of the animals we help transform and see them go into loving homes.”
The winners of the most prestigious awards at the ceremony are invited to the Bobcat Winner’s Circle Dinner at the Old Governor’s Mansion.
“The Bobcat Winner’s Circle Dinner is a special presidential dinner with Dr. Dorman in the Old Governor’s Mansion in honor of the students that are recipients of the program’s most distinguished awards, which are symbolized by the iconic Bobcat statues,” Meyers said.