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South Florida: BSPH Graduate Receives Two Top USF Awards, Earns Degree in Three Years with Perfect 4.0

When Ms. Andrea Prospect graduated the University of South Florida College of Public Health (COPH) with her BSPH on August 3, she walked away with more than a diploma.

Because of her outstanding dedication to the university and her coursework, Prospect was honored with two prestigious USF Alumni Association awards: the King O’Neal Scholar Award, which is presented every semester to graduating seniors earning a 4.0 grade point average, and the USF Outstanding Graduate Award for summer 2019, which recognizes a graduate who “demonstrates exceptional leadership, school spirit, academic excellence, community involvement and a love for the university,” according to the alumni association’s website.

“All of this truly does not feel real,” said Ms. Prospect, who noted that up until the time she toured USF while in high school, she was an “average” student. “My drive accelerated upon realizing my capacity to make a difference. It was hard work and stressful at times, but I simply loved what I was learning. I put in countless hours to earn a 4.0, but more importantly, I really learned the material and am excited to apply it after graduation.”

Ms. Prospect says she was motivated to finish her undergraduate work in 3.5 years (or less, as it turned out!) because her older brother, whom she had always looked up to, graduated a semester early.

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