Multicultural Student Life

Alumni and Friends

Carl Cowan Scholarship

Carl Cowan Scholarship Application 2016-2017

The Carl Cowan Scholarship Fund was made possible through initial donations and contributions from individuals and businesses after black students and faculty members in the early 1970's sought to identify additional funding sources for black students.  The endowment was originally named the Minority Scholarship and Assistance Fund.  In 1983, the name of the endowment was changed to the Carl Cowan Scholarship Endowment Fund.

Carl Cowan was born in Knoxville in 1902, attended Knoxville College, and received a law degree from Howard University College of Law.  Mr. Cowan practiced law in Knox County from 1934 until 1980 and was appointed as the first African-American Assistant District Attorney in Knox County in 1953.

Four scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.  The funds will be dispersed in increments of $500, to be awarded at the beginning of the fall and spring terms to each recipient.

The selection of the recipients of the Carl Cowan Scholarship Fund will be made by the Carl Cowan Selection Committee, with representation from the Chair of the Commission for Blacks, Director of Multicultural Student Life, and the Director of Africana Studies, or their delegates.

Please click the following link to fill out an application form, and for detailed instructions. All application materials are due to the Office of Multicultural Student Life, Black Cultural Center, 1800 Melrose Avenue by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Carl Cowan Scholarship Application 2016-2017

To donate to the Carl Cowan Scholarship Fund, please follow this link.

2015 - 2016 Recipients
2014 - 2015 Recipients
2013 - 2014 Recipients
2012 - 2013 Recipients
2011 - 2012 Recipients
2010 - 2011 Recipients
2009 - 2010 Recipients


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Big Orange. Big Ideas.

Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System