The 2015-2017 Muhammad Ali Scholars

Yomna Amer, University of Louisville Junior

Yomna is a Biology Major with a minor in French.  She is the public relations chair for National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and secretary for the Muslim Student Association (MSA).  Yomna also works as a tutor for Arabic, biology, and chemistry at the REACH Center on the Belknap Campus.  Yomna is bilingual and speaks Arabic.  She will graduate in May 2017.  Yomna plans to work as a physician with the United Nations, volunteer in Africa, and later open a free clinic in Egypt.  Yomna’s interest in social justice is in access to medical care, and the health and psychological state of Middle Eastern immigrants and refugees in the United States.

 

Mariam Ba, University of Louisville Sophomore

Mariam is a Psychology and Pan-African Studies Major.  She is a board member for the Muslim Student Association (MSA), works for On-Campus Housing, and volunteers with Project Sunshine.  Mariam is a Woodford Porter Scholar.  Mariam is bilingual and speaks Fulani.  She will graduate in May 2018.  Mariam plans to go to medical school and eventually work with Doctors without Borders. Mariam’s interest in social justice focuses on children in war torn areas.

 

De’Anna Benson, University of Louisville Junior

De’Anna is a Social Work major with a concentration in Communication.  She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and serves as the Financial Secretary and Community Service Chair of her chapter.  De’Anna is a Woodford Porter Scholar and is a member of Empowering Ladies Together and Women for Women.  De’Anna will graduate from Kent School of Social Work May 2017 and plans to continue her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  De’Anna’s interest in social justice focuses on mental illness, equality and feminism.

 

Kala Brown, University of Louisville Sophomore

Kala is Sociology and Pan-African Studies Major.  Kala is a Martin Luther King Scholar.  She is a member of the AVIATORS Program for freshman students at the university.  She will graduate in May 2018.  Kala volunteers at the Neighborhood House and the Human Rights Commission.  Kala plans to attend law school after graduation.  Kala’s interest in social justice focuses on the oppression based on class, race and gender.

 

Kayla Bryant, University of Louisville Sophomore

Kayla is a Social Work major.  She is a member of the Black Diamond Choir, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., and the Diversity Leadership Institute.  Kayla is Woodford Porter scholar and she will graduate in May 2018.  Kayla plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Louisville after graduation.  Kayla’s interest in social justice focuses on violence prevention and the impact of peer pressure on young people.

 

Madeline “Maddie” Clabough, University of Louisville Junior

Maddie is a Political Science major with a double minor in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies.  She is a Residential Advisor in a university dorm.  Maddie is an Honor’s Scholar and chair of the Honor’s Volunteer Program. She will graduate in May 2017.  Maddie plans to pursue a Master’s degree and eventually attend law school after graduation.  Maddie’s interest in social justice focuses on LGBT and educational issues.

 

Cortez Flippins, University of Louisville Sophomore

Cortez is a Marketing major. He is a member of the AVIATORS Program for freshman students at the university, and the Accounting Career Awareness Program.  He is also a member of NAACP.  He will graduate in May 2018.  Cortez plans to travel the world while working at Kroger Corporation after graduation.  Cortez’s interest in social justice focuses on helping first generation students succeed.

 

Temis Jimenez-Anaya, University of Louisville Sophomore

Temis is a Nursing major with a minor in Spanish.  Temis is a member of the AVIATORS Program for freshman students at the University.  She also is a member of the Latin American/Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO) and the Black Student Nurses Association (BSNA).  Temis is bilingual and speaks Spanish.  She will graduate in May 2018.  Temis plans to work as a traveling nurse in underdeveloped cities, states, and countries throughout the world after graduation.  Temis’ interest in social justice focuses on immigration.

 

Jacob Markert, University of Louisville Sophomore

Jacob is a Biochemistry major.  Jacob is a Woodford Porter scholar, Martin Luther King Scholar and a member of the Honors Program.  He was a student presenter at the 2015 Hope Breakfast, and the “Fostering a Stronger Community in Louisville: Where Do We Go from Here” Panel discussion. He will graduate in May 2018.  Jacob plans to attend medical school after graduation.  Jacob’s interest in social justice focuses on race relations.

 

Wesley Turner, University of Louisville Sophomore

Wesley is a Middle and Secondary Education Major. He is a Residential Advisor in a university dorm.  Wesley is a Woodford Porter Scholar, and he is involved in many organizations on campus.  He plans to join the Peace Corp after he graduates in May 2018.  He also plans to teach History in Middle School and eventually work in the area of educational policy or school leadership. Wesley’s interest in social justice focuses on race relations in the education system.

 

Karen Udoh, University of Louisville Sophomore

Karen is a Biology major, with a minor in Spanish.  Karen serves on the Student Activities Board as the Chair of Diversity Committee.  She volunteers twice a week at Doors to Hope, tutoring students from the Hispanic community in Louisville.  Karen is a Woodford Porter Scholar, a Martin Luther King Scholar, and a member of the Honors Scholars Program. She will graduate in May 2018.  Karen plans to go to medical school after graduation.  Karen’s interest in social justice focuses on fair trade and wages.

 

Maya White, University of Louisville Junior

Maya is an Economics major with a minor in Sociology.  Maya is a Woodford Porter scholar and serves as the President of Association of Black Students (ABS).  She will graduate in 2017 and plans to continue her education to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Entrepreneurship or Africana Studies.  Maya’s interest in social justice focuses on the disproportionate acts of violence among African-American youth and the black girl hood experience.