When not in class, Hailey Mathieu can usually be found on the front lines of service, giving back to the most vulnerable in the community.
When Hurricane Irma devastated her hometown of Naples, Florida in 2017, she started volunteering with the American Red Cross. She started a Red Cross Club in high school to provide relief to families who suffered losses in the hurricane.
That commitment to service continued into college. At USF, she joined the American Red Cross Club. There she took on numerous leadership roles, serving as president for the 2021-2022 year.
She led a Missing Maps initiative to train volunteers on how to map areas using satellite imagery. The American Red Cross Club project helped add vulnerable communities that were missing from disaster preparedness maps used by first responders.
She also spends time bringing warm blankets to veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. Her grandpa, a veteran, inspired her love for giving back to the nation’s heroes.
Aside from helping disaster victims and veterans, she spent time helping new and transfer students get acclimated to USF as a Peer Advisor Leader with the USF New Student Connections program.
And since January, she has volunteered as an undergraduate researcher at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute.
Mathieu is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management and, after graduation, plans to complete a second bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences to become a doctor where she will be on the front lines of serving the community.