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Recent UNF graduate Asia Bell honored in 2021 Student Veteran Leadership Awards

Asia Bell headshotAsia Bell, a recent University of North Florida public health graduate and former senior airman in the U.S. Air Force, has been honored as a recipient of the Student Veteran Leadership Awards, a prestigious honor presented to student veterans who are making a positive difference at their school and in their community. The awards are presented annually by G.I. Jobs magazine, a VIQTORY media company.

Bell has recently been accepted into the public health master’s program at the University of York. While at UNF, she served as an On-Campus Transition Program mentor and worked with young adults with intellectual disabilities to enhance their positive college experience. She also took on a year-long volunteer service commitment for the AmeriCorps where she worked with the ARC Jacksonville to help prepare disabled adults with the core living skills to have an independent life. Bell also volunteers with Jax Thrive and previous volunteered with the American Red Cross.

“Asia truly embodies the spirit of leadership, volunteerism and humanitarianism that makes her most deserving of this award,” said Bob Buehn, UNF MVRC director. “We are so incredibly proud of her.”

The 25 honorees picked this year are recognized for excelling in their academics and making meaningful contributions to their school, fellow students and the community. Bell is recognized for working to bridge the cultural gap between student veterans and civilian students, faculty and staff; embodying the spirit of leadership, teamwork and camaraderie she learned in the military; and overcoming challenges and taking the lead in campus and community activities.