2023-2025 Muhammad Ali Scholars

Zina Alyasseri (she/her/hers)

Major: Psychology

Zina is a senior double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience with a Pre-med track. Born and raised in Louisville most of her life, Zina is the daughter of Iraqi refugees. She loves learning about the way people think, behave, and why.

Sarah Baker (she/her/hers)

Major: Public Health

Sarah is a sophomore majoring in Public Health with an intended Health Management minor. She is an active participant in the Vietnamese Student Association and completed her time with Task Force Freshmen last year. Sarah enjoys reading, playing a variety of games, and going to school events.

Kaamraan Iqbal (he/him/his)

Major: Industrial Engineering 

Kaamraan is a junior with various interests, including watching film, creating art, listening/making music, and playing sports like volleyball and basketball. Kaamraan is currently interning at GE Appliances as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer and will be working as an intern for their sourcing department fall 2023.

Bryan Lopez (he/him/his)

Major: Criminal Justice

Bryan is Cuban-American, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a first-generation college student. Bryan is a junior minoring in Professional and Public Writing and Spanish. Bryan is a Porter Scholar, a Diversity Student Ambassador for Admissions, Vice President of the Black and Brown Honors Society, and a member part of the 2023Stanford Law Scholars Institute. He hopes to become an attorney and advocate for human trafficking victims and confront injustices within the criminal justice system.

Fun Fact about Bryan: he loves hanging out with friends or watching Netflix!

Coby Mask (he/him/his)

Major: Health & Human Performance Track: Exercise Science

Coby is a junior and Vice President of Brothers United. Coby works for the Health Promotions Food and Nutrition team. He loves to workout and read books in his free time.

Ella McCutchen (she/her/hers)

Major: Sociology Track: Diversity & Inequality

Ella is a junior and passionate about connecting with other activists at UofL. She has previously worked with Students Demand Action, a youth-lead organization working toward gun violence prevention in the US, as a volunteer and chapter lead. For Ella, the fight for justice is a deeply personal journey.

Solyana Mesfin (she/her/hers)

Major: Sociology & Pan-African Studies

Solyana is a member of the Black Student Union, NAACP, Sociology Student Association, Intramural Soccer Team, Task Force Freshman (Equity Initiative), African Student Association, Black & Brown Honors Society, and a Porter Scholar. She is the inaugural student member of the Kentucky Department of Education. Solyanna is passionate about establishing and advocating for Black prominence in positions of power in all societal systems. 

Natalie Mudd (she/her/hers)

Major: English

Natalie is a Jones Scholars, FAR scholar, involved in E-sports, and First-gen Cards. Natalie enjoys writing fiction varying from high-fantasy, dystopian, and sci-fi, often meshing the three together, and the sound of clock sticking.

Nadia Pratt (she/her/hers)

Major: Secondary Education (English Concentration)

Nadia is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and minoring in Journalism, which align with her passions. Nadia is the President of the Minority Future Educators Association and Vice President of KEA-connected.

Ayanna Sarr (she/her/hers) 

Major: Neuroscience

Ayanna is a sophomore, passionately pursing a future in research, biotechnology, and precision medicine. Ayanna spent the summer as a research intern conducting structural studies of proteins that cause epithelial cancers.

Lauren Whalen (she/her/hers)

Major: Business Administration

Lauren is a sophomore from Elizabethtown, KY. Lauren serves on the Student Orientation Staff, a Cards Camp Counselor, Porter Scholar, and a member of Project Sunshine.

Naya Wimberly (she/her/hers)

Major: Public Health Track: Pre-Med

Naya is a junior and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a Porter Scholar, Porter in Medicine Scholar, Louis Stokes Alliance Minority Participant Scholar, NPHC Community Engagement and Development Chair, and a Vice Chair of Engaging Issues of the Student Activities Board. Naya is passionate about Louisville and committed to supporting the community and spends time giving back and volunteering.