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Carl Cowan Scholarship 2020-2021 Recipients

Payton Butler
Major: Supply Chain Management with a concentration in Business Analytics
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Hi, my name is Payton Butler, and I am from Bowling Green, Kentucky. I am a freshman at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville , majoring in Supply Chain Management with a concentration of Business Analytics and a minor in Spanish. While I enjoy working out at TRECS and hanging out with my friends, I strive to become a leader on and off campus and utilize my leadership skills that will guide me into becoming a successful business woman.


Kay Howell 
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering; Mathematics
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hello! My name is Kay Lovell Howell, and I am a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. I am double majoring in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Mathematics. My hometown is Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I was raised by my sister. Being from Chattanooga taught me the importance of community. I believe in investing in the people that invested in me. I would not be who I am without the support of my Chattanooga community. I give back to my community by mentoring the youth and my acting as a role model for my peers. I also stay involved in Chattanooga organizations like The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, The Public Education Foundation, and The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga.

My passion is to increase the number of minorities in STEM fields. As a double minority in STEM, my education is my weaponry. It encourages me to work and play harder. It also gives me the opportunity to lead by example and to show girls like myself that anything is possible with grit, resilience, and hard work.


Maikel Mikaiel
Major: Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Antioch, Tennessee

Maikel Mikaiel is a junior, majoring in Supply Chain Management with a collateral in International Business. On campus, he is a Smith Global Leadership Scholar, a SCM Scholar of Distinction, Diversity Advancement Program Advocate, and on the Haslam Student Advisory Council. After graduating , Maikel wants to go into the corporate world, having interned at Caterpillar during the Summer of 2019 and ExxonMobil during the Summer of 2020.


Almaa Nensey
Major: Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

My name is Almaa Nensey and I am a second year Biochemistry major at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee where I graduated from Bearden High School. As a first-generation college student, my goal has always been to strive for a higher-level education and to pursue a career I genuinely enjoy. From a young age, I have had to see my mom’s constant battle with cancer, partly fostering my curiosity for science and medicine. In the summer of 2019, I took part in an internship in Kenya that solidified my passion to work in the medical field and also shift a focus towards public health. On campus, I am involved with Remote Area Medical (RAM), Asian American Association, and the Student Advisory Board under the Office of Diversity and Engagement. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and exploring new foods. Coming from a mixed background of Korean and Indian, I’ve learned to embrace the duality of the two differing cultures. This has inspired me to become more involved with the multicultural life in my community and be open to new experiences.


Abdullah Salim
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Hello! My name is Abdullah Salim, and I am a sophomore and proud VOL at the University of Tennessee majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BCMB) and minoring in Leadership Studies. As a student on the pre-medicine track, I am highly interested in the fields of medicine , and I aspire to pursue a career in the field of pediatrics, namely pediatric surgery, in the future. As a leadership student , I am passionate about making a difference in my local community by creating positive and impactful change and empowering and inspiring those around me in the process. In terms of campus extracurriculars and involvements, I participate in undergraduate research, undergraduate teaching, and volunteering on a weekly basis. Off­-campus, I enjoy hiking, exploring local restaurants, listening to music, and most importantly, writing.