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Carl Cowan Scholarship 2015-2016 Recipients

Brandon Darr
Class of 2016
College Scholars: Multicultural Education with Emphases in Linguistics and Policy Analysis
Hometown: Sweetwater, TN

BrandonDarr.colRaised in a rural hometown as an Asian American and out gay man, Brandon Darr had an intimate acquaintance with facing adversity throughout his life. Through his undergraduate tenure he wanted to become involved with the university in ways that allowed him to share parts of his culture, and the cultures of minority and underrepresented populations, with the UT Students.

Payton Golden
Class of 2016
Hometown: Bolivar, TN

PaPytonGoldenyton Golden is a junior at the University of Tennessee, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing, and aspires to eventually pursue a Master’s of Science in Nurse Anesthesia. Pyton was born and raised in Bolivar, TN, a small town in West Tennessee, where she found her passion for knowledge and service. Once enrolled at UT she immediately became involved on campus with the Welcome Week Program, and through communities, volunteering occasionally at the Boys & Girls Club.

Pyton currently works for Multicultural Student Life, in the Black Cultural Center, when she’s not doing clinical rotations in Physician’s Regional Medical Center and A. L. Lotts Elementary school. She loves being able to work in an environment where she can learn from what she’s doing and take this knowledge along with her. She also is an active mentor for the Multicultural Mentoring Program (MMP.) She enjoys working with first-year students, especially minority students, in ensuring that they gain all the valuable skills and knowledge that they need to have a successful first year.

I love being of service to my community and campus. Any little thing that a person can do to help can have a great impact. Never underestimate one helping hand.

Pyton has a passion for knowledge, leadership, and service, that she hopes to inspire others with by being a positive role model. As she continues on throughout her collegiate career, she aspires to reach out to more communities and populations and to help better UT’s campus for the future generations to come.

Bryon Randolph, Jr.
Class of 2019
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

BryonR“My name is Bryon Randolph, Jr, and I am a freshman here at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT.) I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, viewing movies, and running track. I am originally from Merrillville, Indiana, however, I moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 2008, when my father was offered an amazing job with great opportunities. Since then, my family and I have come to call Tennessee our home, and it is part of the reason why I chose to attend such an amazing university like UT. Ever since I was young, I have been told that I’m going to graduate high school, then go on to college to live out the best years of my life. Well, now that I’m here, it’s everything that I thought it would be and more. There is truly nothing like the experience of going to school in Big Orange Country! Go Vols!”


Hala Sura
Class of 2018
Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Bartlett, TN

HalaSura“I am a sophomore from Memphis, TN, majoring in Industrial Engineering. I enjoy spending time with my friends and also appreciate alone time. I am very family oriented and like to communicate with my family, whether it is my intermediate family, in Memphis, or my extended family, in Kurdistan. I enjoy being involved on campus because it gives me the opportunity to find my own family here at UT. When I have free time, I like to watch TV shows like Friends, and Parks and Recreation; I love a good laugh! I like to live by one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi; ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.‘ “