Merit Award of Service
Mahtab Heydari's commitment to service began early her freshman year at the University of Georgia, when she participated in the annual Dawg Day of Service. She volunteered at the Athens Land Trust, helping build shelves to store harvesting supplies.
"I learned that there was so much more to the Athens Clarke County than the UGA campus," said Mahtab, a senior mechanical engineering and UGA Honors student. "From then on, it was my intention to explore a different community of Athens every semester and see where I could serve."
During her time at UGA, Mahtab has volunteered with Athena Gardens, a local retirement home, Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery, Barrow Elementary School, and other community organizations. In addition, she served as a College of Engineering Student Ambassador and held executive positions in the College's chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. Mahtab also worked with the UGA Center for Leadership and Service as a Dawg Camp Extended Orientation Counselor, helping first-year students transition to campus and the community.
"Service is more than just a specific event that you can mark on your calendar and then move on," said Mahtab. "To me, service is more about your day-to-day interactions and the intentions behind your decisions."
The College of Engineering Undergraduate Merit Awards for Service, Research, and Athletics honor students who demonstrate a strong work ethic inside and outside the classroom. These students exceed expectations as set forth by instructors, professors, staff and coaches.