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Carl Cowan Scholarship 2012-2013 Recipients

Brittani Blanchard
We are proud to present Brittani Blanchard, a junior in Psychology. Brittani was born in Nashville, TN and lived there all her life until she came to Knoxville for college. She is the oldest of 5 children and the first to attend college in her nuclear family. At college she has become active in several areas: Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Multicultural Events Planning Assistant for the Office of Multicultural Student Life, Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and various volunteering events. Brittani has also been nominated for consideration in Omicron Delta Kappa and UT Mortar Board. She plans to finish her undergraduate work at the top of her class and enter a competitive clinical Ph. D. program in psychology. After acquiring her Ph. D., Brittani will move on to a career in the FBI. She plans to have a very successful, stable, and happy life. In the future she also wants to travel a lot, own many animals, and contribute donations to the ASPCA.

Christi Culpepper
Christi L. Culpepper is currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Tennessee. As a member of the Development of Adolescents and Young Adults (DAYA) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Welsh, she has co-authored a peer-reviewed publication and has had numerous first- authored poster presentations. Her current research interests include: adolescent relationships, perceived social support, attachment, and resilience. Additionally, she enjoys the clinical aspect of training to include conducting therapy with children, young adults, and adults.

Prior to attending University of Tennessee, Christi worked as a program manager for research study examining the effects of traumatic brain injury, conducted at the University of Alabama (Birmingham). Prior to this she received a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of South Alabama (Mobile, Alabama) and a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama).

Christi is a native of Fairfield, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham. In her spare time, she enjoys leisure reading, attending theatrical performances, and spending time with family and friends. She especially enjoys participating in community service activities with other members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Cicely Rufus
Cicely Rufus is a junior majoring in Accounting with collateral in Information Management. Cicely Rufus serves as President of UT’s National Association of Black Accountants chapter, Pledge Ed Director of Alpha Kappa Psi, Business Fraternity, Charter Member of Women Empowerment Knowledge and Nurture (WE KAN) and member of People of Style and Education (P.O.S.E.) Cicely has done an exceptional job at balancing her phenomenal GPA, extracurricular activities and her social life. Cicely has interned with Ernst and Young, LLP in Nashville, TN during the summer of 2011 and will intern at Caterpillar, Inc in Peoria, IL this coming summer in the Accounting/Finance Division. After receiving her Accounting degree, Cicely plans to enroll in the Master of Accountancy Program (MACc) here at UT, followed by sitting for her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Cicely’s goal is to take advantage of all of her opportunities and to not let her ancestor’s pain and hard work go in vain.

Kwaku Yeboah
Kwaku Yeboah is a sophomore majoring in Psychology with a focus in the Pre-Medical Profession. He was born in Atlanta, GA but shortly afterwards moved to Ghana, West Africa to live for 6 to 7 years. His parents are both from Ghana and wanted Kwaku to know his culture and traditional language. Kwaku received some schooling in Ghana before returning to the United States. He still goes back to visit family and friends every couple of years.

Here at the University, Kwaku is involved in The Diversity Student Leader Society, Student African-American Brotherhood, Volunteer Team, People of Style and Education, and the Student Government Association Volunteer Services. He is also the Secretary and Equipment Manager of Hess Hall through the Hess Hall Council. Kwaku enjoys being involved in different organizations on campus as a way to contribute to society and to increase networking potential. After graduation, Kwaku plans on attending Medical School to become a Neurosurgeon. His favorite quote of all time is from his dad while growing up, and he always uses it for motivation. He said: “There is always room at the top, but it is crowded at the bottom”. Kwaku plans to make it to the top.