Anna Elizabeth Gordon was born June 5, 1987, in Fayette, Alabama, to Pamela G. and Christopher P. Gordon and had one sibling, her sister Victoria. Anna attended Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, graduating in 2005 as class valedictorian. She earned a bachelor of science in psychology and Spanish with a minor in Blount Studies, graduating summa cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2009. While enrolled at the University, Anna was awarded entry into the honors organizations of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and a host of other scholastic honoraries. She received the inaugural Norman R. Ellis Endowed Scholarship from the Department of Psychology in 2008, the Recognition for Academic Excellence by a Major in Psychology in 2009, and the Outstanding Senior Award from the Blount Undergraduate Initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences. While working toward her B.S. degree, Miss Gordon worked for three years as a resident assistant at the Lakeside Community, where she earned the Most Valuable Veteran and Most Valuable Player awards.
In the spring semester of her senior year at The University of Alabama, Miss Gordon was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Battling courageously through chemotherapy, Anna enrolled at The University of Georgia in the fall semester of 2009. She relapsed with her disease and received a bone marrow transplant in April of 2010 at The University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. Anna went into remission and was hired at The University of Alabama in August of 2010 as an Admissions Counselor for Alumni and Volunteer Recruitment within the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. In December of 2010, Anna relapsed again and began her second journey toward a second bone marrow transplant at UAB in March of 2011. Anna passed away on May 9, 2011, and she is greatly missed by those who knew her. Anna valiantly battled her disease to continue her education and lead a productive and meaningful life. Through this endowment, the donors wish to honor Miss Gordon’s memory and to support academic excellence at The University of Alabama in perpetuity.
First priority of consideration will be given to seniors in the College of Arts and Sciences who are majoring in psychology. Among qualified students, priority of consideration shall be given to students who demonstrate an interest in research and who have great potential to succeed in the field of psychology.