Erin Potter will be a junior next year at the University of South Florida, but what makes her different from the average junior are the accomplishments she has achieved in the past three years of her collegiate life — one being the Golden Bull Award.
The Golden Bull Award was first awarded in 2008 and is given by the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.
There are several requirements for the award that the university considers to be one of the most prestigious honors given to students each year. Undergrad applicants must have at least 60 credit hours completed, have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, be in good standing with the university and display exceptional dedication to leadership and values.
Only 20 out of the 90 applicants received the award, and it’s clear how Potter stood out from other applicants.
In the past three years she has served as an Emerging Leaders Institute facilitator, USF ambassador, and conference coordinator for the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference. She is in the Honors College, received the 25 Under 25 award from the College of Business and was on the Stampede of Service Leadership Board.
In the Greek community Potter has held positions in her sorority as vice president of finance, new member educator and chapter president. She attended the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI), a leadership conference for students who are members of fraternity and sororities, and is currently the president of the Panhellenic Council.
“A fellow student and previous Golden Bull Award winner, Matthew Dolson, inspired me to apply for the award,” Potter said. “I saw how important the award was to him after all of the contributions he had made to our university and it motivated me to apply this year.”
A question on the application for the award asked what kind of legacy Potter wanted to leave after graduating from USF.
“I mostly just want students to be inspired to be leaders and get involved while still maintaining good grades and a positive attitude toward academics,” Potter said. “If I can do it, so can any other student with motivation and dreams.”
After graduation, Potter wants to open her own catering business and she believes that opportunities and recognition such as the Golden Bull Award have opened doors to make her career choice easier to achieve.