Anthon Samuel

Degree: Bachelor of Health Services Administration

College/School: Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Through life struggles and adversity, great things can be accomplished.  Such is the story of Bachelor of Health Services Administration graduate Anthon Samuel, whose life changed forever just four days before his eighth birthday.  While gazing out the window of his Opa-locka home, Anthon saw his beloved father get shot and killed. This unspeakably tragic event compels Anthon to this very day to reach out to others in the community to avoid the same fate. He speaks regularly to elementary students about rising above adversity through education and raises gun violence awareness through a mini-film he created.

Anthon is one of seven children raised by his mother and grandmother. He decided he would make his family proud through his love for education and football.  He is a premier running back for the FIU football team and a stellar student-athlete, having earned an athletic scholarship and maintained a high GPA despite a demanding schedule and almost seeing his collegiate football career cut short due to concussions. He is a two-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree, a recognition for having a 3.0 GPA or better.

Yet, he persevered. A young father himself, Anthon draws his inspiration from his 4-year-old son, grace and wisdom from his mother and grandmother, and strength from the lasting memories of his father. He next plans to attend graduate school, possibly the nurse practitioner program, and continue following his heart to serve and help others.