The Mr. and Mrs. UAB Scholarship Contest is one of UAB’s oldest homecoming traditions. Each winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and serve as an ambassador for UAB.
Kyle Adams of Montgomery, Alabama, and Ummu Bah of Collierville, Tennessee, are the new Mr. and Mrs. UAB at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The 2022 Mr. and Mrs. UAB Scholarship Competition the winners were announced on Saturday, October 8, at halftime of the UAB Football Return match at the protection stadium. The first substitutes for the competition are Karim Mikhail from Hoover, Alabama, and Kiersten David from Chelsea, Alabama.
The Mr. and Mrs. UAB Scholarship Contest is one of UAB’s oldest homecoming traditions. Started in 1981, it is presented by the UAB National Alumni Society. Contestants must demonstrate a record of leadership and active participation in extracurricular activities. The 10 finalists were selected through an interview process, and the winners were chosen following a series of additional interviews and student voting, held during reunion week.
Each winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship and serve as an ambassador for UAB and the Student Alumni Society Board of Directors for the coming year. First alternates receive $1,000 scholarships.
Adams is a junior majoring in political science at the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a UAB Trailblazer and a member of the USGA and the UAB Honors College University Honors Program. He volunteers for Collegiate Honors Scholarship and YMCA Youth in Government and works for the nonprofit Alabama Forward.
Bah, a sophomore, is majoring in psychology at the College of Arts and Sciences. She is part of the UAB Honors College Custom Trail and is a UAB TrailBlazer and member of the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. She serves as Program Chair on the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program Board of Directors and volunteers at the Lovelady Center and Meals on Wheels Kitchen.
Mikhail is a second year majoring in Neuroscience and Medical Humanities at the College of Arts and Sciences and is part of the UAB Honors College Honors program. He researches neurodegenerative diseases and was a UAB Pioneer and a member of the International Mentors. Mikhail is the recipient of a Charles William Ireland Presidential Scholarship and a Presidential Honors Scholarship. He volunteers with the Community of Hope Health Clinic, where he translates Spanish for health care teams, and he teaches English remotely to Syrians affected by political unrest abroad as part of the Paper Airplanes tutorial.
David, a sophomore, is majoring in Musical Theater at the College of Arts and Sciences and is part of the University Honors Program at UAB Honors College. She is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Alpha Gamma Delta and is an orientation leader, member of Blazer Theater Organization and volunteer for Writing for Healing through UAB. Arts in Medicine. She is a recipient of the Charles McCallum Presidential Fellowship. David is a production assistant for the Human Rights New Works Festival at the Red Mountain Theater and will play the role of Marianne in Theater UAB’s upcoming production titled “Sense and Sensibility.”
The Mr. and Mrs. UAB finalists are:
- Lara Aldouar, a junior from Hoover, Alabama, majoring in neuroscience and the UAB Honors College personalized pathway. She is a member of the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, president of Sigma Kappa sorority, and director of dance marathon events, and a volunteer at Children’s of Alabama.
- Kenya Barnes, a junior from Pensacola, Florida, majoring in neuroscience and the UAB Honors College personalized pathway. Barnes is a recipient of an Out-of-State Presidential Fellowship and winner of a UAB NeuroScholars/EuroScholars Research Award. She is a pioneer of UAB and a member of the Black Undergraduate Medical Association and the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students. She volunteers for the Minority Health and Equity Research Center and Children’s of Alabama.
- Dheeraj Edulakanti, a junior from Madison, Alabama, majoring in neuroscience. He is an ambassador for UAB, secretary of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and treasurer of the EMS project at UAB. Edulakanti volunteers at Alabama Children’s Hospital and the Blazer Kitchen food pantry on the UAB campus.
- Garrett Hendley, a junior from Huntsville, Alabama, in the Accelerated Cancer Biology and Multidisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Program and UAB Honors College Custom Track. Hendley is a recipient of the RACE 21 Undergraduate Cancer Research Fellowship. He is a resident counselor, volunteer at the Central Alabama Community Food Bank, and was a UAB Pioneer.
- Brent Jackson, a sophomore from Montgomery, Alabama, is majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the School of Health Professions with a minor in Exercise Science at the School of Education and the UAB Honors College Custom Path. He is an Honors College Smart Leader and volunteer at Children’s of Alabama. Jackson is a USGA senator and the recipient of the Presidential Recognition Scholarship.
- Briana Watson, a junior from Jemison, Alabama, majoring in biomedical sciences. Watson is an orientation leader, a mentor for first-year students in service-learning projects, and a Blazer Kitchen volunteer. She is a recipient of the RACE 21 Undergraduate Cancer Research Fellowship and a member of the School of Health Professions Honor Program and the Student Health Services Advisory Board.