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Apply Now for 2020-2021 Carl Cowan Scholarship

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.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The Scholarship will be available to any full-time student, either undergraduate or graduate, who demonstrates financial need and/or outstanding achievement and involvement.
  1. Applicants must complete and submit the application in its entirety. A resume must also be submitted in addition to the application. One additional page may be included to detail information requested in application if necessary.
  1. Applicants agree that their financial need will be determined by the Office of Financial Aid and included with the information to be considered by the selection committee.
  1. Applicants must submit one letter of support from a faculty or staff member outlining the student’s academic achievements and contributions to the University of Tennessee community.
  1. The scholarship is intended to be a one-year scholarship.


Two (2) scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year.

*All application materials are due to the Office of Multicultural Student Life by 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 28, 2020.

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