Leanza Marie Mayo
Each semester the UNF Alumni Association selects a graduating senior for outstanding service to the University and community through volunteerism. The recipient of the Senior Service Award for the spring 2020 graduating class is Leanza Marie Mayo from the Brooks College of Health with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics.
While excelling in academics with a GPA of 3.94, Mayo also exhibited an enormous dedication to ambassadorship for UNF. Her willingness to serve in the Jacksonville community and abroad for the betterment of others, rather than for personal recognition, bolsters UNF’s reputation.
In 2015, Mayo became a member of the Rotary Youth Exchange—an exchange program under the auspice of Rotary International. Through this program she volunteered for a year of service in the Czech Republic, where she attended high school, learned the local language, and immersed herself in the culture. In 2016 she continued her involvement with the St. Augustine Rotary Club where, in 2018, she was elected as Outbound Vice Chair for District 6970 and received the Rising Star Award. She continues to selflessly exemplify the Rotary International motto: “Service Above Self.”
While attending classes at UNF, Mayo was selected as a member of an interprofessional student group in the Brooks College of Health: Brooks10 Student Ambassadors. In this role she encouraged incoming fellow transfer students to get involved in all the university has to offer. In her generous way, she herself got involved by volunteering at UNF’s Ogier gardens, Lend-A-Wing Pantry, Meals on Wings and Food Fighters. As Volunteer Coordinator for Meals on Wings, Mayo managed 30+ volunteers and coordinated with hospitals and community organizations to get meals to food-insecure populations in the Jacksonville area (e.g., Northeast Florida AIDS Network, Lutheran Social Services, seniors waitlisted for Meals on Wheels).
Throughout Leanza Mayo’s tenure at UNF she accumulated nearly 1,000 service hours, while standing out in a rigorous and competitive academic program. There is no doubt that she will continue making a difference in the lives she touches. Her generosity, leadership skills, and empathy make her an asset to UNF, the Jacksonville community and the world. UNF is proud and honored to welcome her to the Osprey alumni family.