Meet the MLK Scholars

Meet the members of University of Louisville Martin Luther King Scholar cohorts, discover their areas of interest, and learn how they serve.

Meet the current members and alumni of  Martin Luther King Scholar cohorts, discover their areas of interest, and learn how they serve. 

Current Scholars

Class of 2021
Class of 2020

Class of 2019
Class of 2018

Class of 2021

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Maegan Helm

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Lakynn Hodgens

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Jenna Huber

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Arii Lynton

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Kayla Payne

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Abigail Posey

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Nicole Sparling

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Martin Vasquez

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Kolbie Vincent

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Dasia Woods


Class of 2020 

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Bayley Amburgey
Hometown: Partridge, KY
Area of Interest: Intercultural Engagement

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Tahja Banks
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Peace Through Artistic Expression

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Max Carter
Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Area of Interest: LGBTQ Rights

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Elias Chavez
Hometown: Partridge, KY
Area of Interest: Intercultural Engagement

Mikayla Demetrakis
Hometown: Union, KY
Area of Interest: Religious Stereotypes

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Briee Wood
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Refugee Integration

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Ricardo Sosa
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Educational Support for Immigrants

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Ephraim Otieno
Hometown: Richmond, KY
Area of Interest: Access to Higher Education

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Maria Martinez
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Poverty and Homelessness

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Taylor Little
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Poverty and Homelessness

Class of 2019

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Manuela Botaka
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Gender Discrimination
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Family Scholar House & Louisville Free Public Library (Iroquois Branch)

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Noela Botaka
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Prejudices Against Minority Populations
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Down's Syndrome of Louisville

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Elijah Ervin
Hometown: Union County, KY
Area of Interest: LGBTQ Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Americana Community Center

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Erica Gaither
Hometown: Caldwell County, KY
Area of Interest: Women's Empowerment
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Americana Community Center

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Mariana Juarez
Hometown: Shelby County, KY
Area of Interest: Economic Disparity
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Kentucky Refugee Ministries

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Elizabeth Peña
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Immigration Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: La Casita & Family Scholar House

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John Rhodes
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Community Development in Low Income Areas
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Wayside Christian Mission Hotel Louisville

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Leonardo Salinas
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Immigration Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: UofL Cultural Center, working with Hispanic/Latino Initiatives

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Nuri Thompson
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Economic Disparity
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Louisville Free Public Library (Iroquois Branch) Conversation Cafes

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Taylor Hinna Williams
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: LGBTQ Rights & Women's Empowerment
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Louisville Free Public Library (Iroquois Branch) Conversation Cafes

Class of 2018 

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Jonas Bastien
Hometown: Glasgow, KY
Area of Interest: Universal Health and Wellness
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Louisville Grows Community Garden

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Jamila Bland
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Louisville Grows Community Garden

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Kala Brown
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Civil Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Neighborhood House

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Jamitra Fulleord
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: LGBTQ Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Fairness Campaign & ACLU of Kentucky
Year 2: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth Intern

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Des Lane
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Access to Quality Education
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Fairness Campaign
Year 2: ESSENCE Youth Mentoring Project

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Jacob Markert
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Poverty and Institutional Racism
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Louisville Free Public Library (Iroquois Branch) Conversation Cafes

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Cornelius Sanford
Hometown: Eminence, KY
Area of Interest: Youth Advocacy & Mentorship
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Americana Community Center
Year 2: Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation Intern & Boy's Club

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Karen Udoh
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Fair Trade Inclusion
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Neighborhood House

 

MLK Scholars Alumni

Class of 2017

Class of 2017

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Courtney Brown
Hometown: Crestwood, KY
Area of Interest: Access to Quality Education and Workplace Discrimination
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Resilient Families Project at Wayside Christian Mission
Year 2: The Cabbage Patch Settlement House

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Isaiah Lewis
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Equality through Fair Taxation
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Family Scholar House

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Jason Jewell
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Poverty and Equal Rights
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Family & Children's Place

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Jazmen Conner
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Area of Interest: Understanding through Intercultural Engagement
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Down's Syndrome of Louisville

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Korri Woods
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Social Equality as a Globally Engaged Citizen
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Down's Syndrome of Louisville

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Robyn Blackman
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Area of Interest: Access to Quality Education
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Year 2: New Roots Internship

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Thomas Gordon III
Hometown: Cecilia, KY
Area of Interest: Access to Quality Health Care
Service Initiatives:
Year 1: Resilient Families Project at Wayside Christian Mission
Year 2: The Cabbage Patch Settlement House