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Carl Cowan Scholarship 2019-2020 Recipients

Savannah Clay
Doctorate in Nursing Practice
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee


I am currently a Registered Nurse working in the intensive care unit and a first year doctoral student in the University of Tennessee’s College of Nursing. I am studying to be Family Nurse Practitioner. My passion is serving the inner-city community and that is where I plan to take my talents upon graduation in 2021. I am currently doing my doctoral evidence based practice project on methods to increase screening rates for colorectal cancer in African American men. As a graduate student, I am currently involved in Stigma Theta Tau Honor Society, and serves on the Deans advisory board. In the community, I am on the East Chattanooga Wellness Board, and serve on the community service and women’s health committees of my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, cooking, and going to concerts.

Favorite Quote:  “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Barack Obama


Abena Otchere-Boateng
Senior studying Nuclear Engineering and Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB), with a minor in Physics

Hometown: Originally from Tema, Ghana, West Africa, and now considers Knoxville, Tennessee her hometown.


I am a senior double majoring in Nuclear Engineering and Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB) as well as a minor in physics.  I am of Ghanaian descent but I am a resident of Knoxville, Tennessee. I love being challenged because it brings out the highest potential in everything I do. But most importantly, I love spending time helping children, and so a career in the medical imaging field is a good fit since it feeds my curiosity for science and technology all while still allowing me to interact and help meet the needs of other people. I hope to someday use this knowledge of the medical imaging field, the necessary skills and experience I will accumulate to make a global impact, not forgetting Ghana; where this passion all began.

Favorite Saying: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde


Juvi Mallari
Junior studying Kinesiology
Hometown: Clarksville, Tennessee


Juvi Therese Mallari is a junior and a kinesiology major at the University ofTennessee. She is a military brat, meaning she has multiple places to call home. But her one true home is Clarksville, TN where her family currently resides. In high school, she participated in various extracurriculars including choir, concert band, and dance team. She graduated number 8 in her class.
After graduating, she initially attended Austin Peay State University. She then transferred to UT her second semester of her freshman year in hopes to gain more opportunities in her education and extracurriculars. Right away, she got involved into two cultural organizations, the Asian American Association and the Filipino American Association. She held leadership positions in both clubs as president for FAA in 2018, secretary for AAA in 2017-2018, and president for AAA in 2018-2019.

Favorite motto/saying: “Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Dante Parker
Sophomore studying Modern Foreign Languages, with a minor in Spanish
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee


I was born in Nashville and now live in Murfreesboro with my brother and mother. I have always had a penchant for the sciences, as I have participated in Science Olympiad for three years and received three gold medals and one bronze medal. I have also had an interest in learning foreign languages, such as Dutch, French, Japanese, etc. But my love for Latin America is what motivated me to pursue Spanish as a potential route in Anthropology, with the possibility of taking up a concentration in Portuguese later.

My motto is: “Fake It ‘Til You Make It.”


Abigail Saulsberry
Freshman majoring in Marketing with a Pre-Law Concentration
Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee


Christina “Abigail” Saulsberry is currently a student at University of Tennessee Knoxville. She was born in New York and grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she graduated from Siegel High School. She is from a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic family and embraces diversity and inclusion.

During her time at Siegel High School, Abigail was a member of Key Club, Best Buddies, Student Council, Younglife, Club 303, The Nation, Model UN, Beta Epsilon, Beta Club, National Honor Society, and DECA. While in DECA, she competed and placed at local, state and international competitions all four years. At UT Knoxville, she is a Multicultural Mentoring Program peer mentor, Counsel Liaison for the National Pan-Hellenic Counsel, ambassador for the 1794 Honors College, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Zeta Delta Chapter.

She has served through ministry at First Baptist Church, New Vision Baptist Church, Rutherford County Food Bank, and Last Call 4 Grace locally and internationally including mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. She plans to attend Harvard Law to obtain her Juris Doctorate after graduating from UT Knoxville.

Favorite Motto: Walk by Faith not by Sight