Jonathan Borelly Gerlein has been called Mr. USF – literally. He won the Mr. USF scholarship pageant in 2020. He learned of the competition from his involvement in the Center for Student Involvement, where he serves as vice president of programming. He leads three teams who organize weekly events, all related to getting fellow students involved on campus and in the community. Borelly was the lead for Bulls Night Out, handling everything from recruiting and managing volunteers to event logistics to branding. He also planned the 2021 Running with the Bulls Parade and despite a disappointing cancellation of the homecoming parade due to inclement weather, says he learned a lot about perseverance and adaptability from that project.
His involvement has not come at the expense of academics or professional development. Borelly, a marketing major with a concentration in entrepreneurship and a minor in information systems management, Borelly has a 3.93 grade point average and his name has appeared on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters. Additionally, Borelly is pursuing a certificate in visualization and design from the Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.
Borelly also serves as an intern at Chief Outsiders, a fractional CMO firm with 100+ marketing consultants. Borelly, who earned HubSpot certification earlier this year, helps with social media, conducts competitor research and helps manage website content.
An international student from Colombia, Borelly speaks two languages. He has been a member of the American Marketing Association and is a peer leader in the Corporate Mentor Program serving first-generation college students.