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Carl Cowan Scholarship 2021-2022 Recipients

My name is Paul Macharia. I am majoring in Modern Foreign Language and Literatures and World Business with a concentration in Hispanic Studies here at UT. I am currently taking courses in Spanish Literature and have campus involvement in Multicultural Student Life as a Diversity Educator. In addition to this, I am part of the 1794 Honors and Scholars program  whereby I engage in global awareness and volunteer spirit. I have also had the opportunity to travel abroad to Chile in performing a service-learning program with an organization focused on sustainability. This has allowed me to use my skills in translating and creating project business models. Through these experiences, I have continued to grow in being inclusive and learned to connect with others on a deeper level.

Hometown: Dallas, GA
Classification: Senior
Major: Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures/World Business – Hispanic Studies


Hi! My name is Bella Malone, and I am a fourth-year student studying Industrial Engineering with one minor in Reliability and Maintainability and another in Business Administration. Throughout my time at UTK, I have dedicated my time to helping first-year students and minorities in engineering because of how much has been given to me. My favorite positions include serving in many leadership roles for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and as a Resident Assistant for the ENGAGE living-learning community. In both of these, I have provided freshman and engineering minority students the same kind of support that has developed me into who I am today. I am very passionate about providing an encouraging space for every person to become their best selves. Going forward, I hope to continue these efforts and grow as a leader and contributor to a school that has given so much to me.

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Classification: Senior
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering,
Minors: Reliability and Maintainability and Business Administration


Chris Perez recently graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with his Bachelor’s in Accounting and Information Management. He transferred to UTK with an Associate’s degree in Accounting from Walters State Community College, and looks forward to rounding out his academic pursuit in the Haslam College of Business, as he was recently accepted into the Master of Accountancy program.

During his time at UTK, Mr. Perez served as both the Vice President and Reporter for the accounting honor society, Beta Alpha Psi; a Student Ambassador for both the Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA) and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA); a Peer Mentor with First Year Programs; and a Campus Ambassador for Deloitte, the firm with which he will be interning this summer. Additionally, after spending a year working as the Secretary for the organization, Chris was elected to the Student Leader’s Advisory Council for Tau Sigma National Honor Society – a group specifically designed to promote the excellence of transfer scholars. As a Tau Sigma Elected Leader, he developed a Mentorship Program and University Resource Spotlight, with the intention of enhancing the transfer experience at the University of Tennessee.

After completing the Master of Accountancy program, Chris looks forward to working abroad, laying down roots, and traveling.

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Classification: Graduate Student – Master’s Candidate
Major: Accounting and Information Management


Catelyn Williams, a Memphis native and alumna of White Station High is a current senior. She is studying Political Science with a minor in Africana Studies and Sociology. Her campus involvements include working  with organizations whose missions align with service, practicing inclusivity and focusing on youth empowerment. In addition, Catelyn serves as President for Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee (ME4UT), a student assistant within Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations, and Vice President of the Multicultural Mentoring Program. She also serves as Director of Safety for the Student Basic Needs Coalition, and is a member of Leadership Knoxville Scholars Cohort Class of 2022. She recently served as an AmeriCorps service member through Bridge Builders in Memphis.

Her passions encompass creating diversity and inclusion initiatives to create equitable resources for underrepresented individuals. She spends most of her time advocating for social justice and researching ways to encourage young African American women to become involved in government. Catelyn enjoys servicing her hometown and the Knoxville community through the Jones Center for Leadership and Service as a VOLBreaks Student Education Director.

After completion of her undergraduate degree, Catelyn hopes to study law with aspirations of becoming a Civil Rights attorney. After providing legal counsel, she aims to start a nonprofit organization catered to young women interested in Politics.

Hometown: Memphis, TN
Classification: Senior
Major: Political Science
Pronouns: She/Her