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WebsiteWith its start in 1981, the Mr. & Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition is one of UAB's oldest Homecoming traditions. The finalists for the 2017 scholarship competition are set and the winners will be announced during halftime of the Homecoming game on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

The winners of the Mr. & Ms. UAB competition each receive $2,500 scholarships and serve as ambassadors of UAB and on the Student Alumni Society Leadership Council in the coming year. The first alternates each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 10 finalists were selected through an interview process at the Alumni House on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The winners are chosen through an additional round of interviews and a student vote, held during Homecoming Week.

Ryan Wong of Huntsville and Yulianna Jimenez of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, have been named Mr. and Ms. UAB, a scholarship competition presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s National Alumni Society.

Baraa Hijaz of Montgomery and Erica Webb of McCalla were named first alternates.

Started in 1981, the Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition is one of UAB’s longest-standing Homecoming traditions. The winners of the 2017 scholarship competition were announced during halftime of the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 7.

The winners of the Mr. and Ms. UAB competition will each receive $2,500 scholarships and serve as ambassadors of UAB and on the Student Alumni Society Leadership Council in the coming year. The first alternates will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The 10 finalists were selected through an interview process at the NAS Alumni House on Sept. 20. The winners were chosen through an additional round of interviews and a student vote, held during Homecoming Week.

Wong, 20, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Path majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. His top college honors include the president’s and dean’s lists, and WOW Buffalo XIII Wing Eating Champion. He is a liaison for UAB Men’s Basketball, a research assistant for the UAB School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiovascular Disease and an organic chemistry supplemental instructor. He has volunteered at Huntsville Hospital in cardiology and as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service.

Jimenez, 20, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Path majoring in biomedical engineering in the School of Engineering. She has received an Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, which recognizes a student who has maintained an excellent GPA while balancing co-curricular activities, and a Francis J. Dupuis Engineering Scholarship. She has volunteered at Equal Access Birmingham, a student-run free clinic that provides continuity of care to the medically underserved, and as a mentor to at-risk fourth- and fifth-graders at West End Academy Elementary. She is the daughter of Yohanna and Jaime Jimenez.

Hijaz, 19, is a sophomore in the UAB Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program majoring in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. He has received the UAB Presidential Recognition Scholarship Award, is on the Presidential Honors List and is a Surgery Undergraduate Research Experience fellow. He is president and former Southeastern regional director of the Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s, and a volunteer at the Highland Avenue Nursing Home. He is the son of Ashraf Hijaz and Maisa Odeh.

Webb, 20, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Program majoring in English and political science in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has received the Walt P. Mayfield Scholarship in English and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Scholarship. She is the daughter of Brenda and Eric Webb.

The competition finalists:

Jean Paul Osula, 20, of Jasper, son of Candy Osula and Claude Osula, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Path majoring in biomedical sciences in the School of Health Professions.

Zoe Penko, 20, of Enterprise, daughter of Noel Penko and John Penko, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Path majoring in mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering.

Siddhu Srikakolapu, 20, of Madison, son of Krishna and Sudha Srikakolapu, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Program majoring in philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Juhi Shah, 20, of Dothan, daughter of Sami Shah and Minal Shah, is a junior in the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program majoring in biomedical sciences.

Sawyer Summers, 20, of Fairhope, son of Sonja Summers and Gregory Summers, is a sophomore in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Program majoring in industrial distribution in the Collat School of Business.

Ashlynn Swaney, 21, of Madison, daughter of Elizabeth Preston, is a senior majoring in biomedical sciences in the School of Health Professions. 

Complete List of Mr. & Ms. UAB Winners

2016

Mr. UAB: Eli Ussery
Ms. UAB: Isabella Mak

2015

Mr. UAB: Chirag Patel
Ms. UAB: Allie David

2014

Mr. UAB: John Chancellor
Ms. UAB: Candy Mosley

2013

Mr. UAB: Zachary Hughes
Ms. UAB: Deidra Atkinson

2012

Mr. UAB: Kevin Jiang
Ms. UAB: Deepa Etikala

2011

Mr. UAB: Mallick Hossain
Ms. UAB: Elizabeth Simbek

2010

Mr. UAB: Daniel B. Pierce
Ms. UAB: Nishita Baxi

2009

Mr. UAB: Andrew J. Stone
Ms. UAB: Claire E. Sands

2008

Mr. UAB: Pratik Talati
Ms. UAB: Anna C. Lloyd

2007

Mr. UAB: Rodney Dixon Dorand
Ms. UAB: Riley S. Carpenter

2006

Mr. UAB: Cedric D. Harville, II
Ms. UAB: Maurine Speake Batson

2005

Mr. UAB: Ankit Patel
Ms. UAB: Elizabeth Pham

2004

Mr. UAB: David R. Shulman
Ms. UAB: Barbara H. Agricola

2003

Mr. UAB: Jason Scott Fletcher
Ms. UAB: Jessica Lemons

2002

Mr. UAB: Kiran H. Lagisetty
Ms. UAB: Juanita Titrud Heersink

2001

Mr. UAB: Nathaniel Lane Wade
Ms. UAB: Rayna Dyck

2000

Mr. UAB: James F. Williams, Jr.
Ms. UAB: Karen Leigh Samples

1999

Mr. UAB: Warren T. Jones
Ms. UAB: Karmie Johnson

1998

Mr. UAB: Neelaksh K. Varshney
Ms. UAB: Andrea Brinley Kimbrough

1997

Mr. UAB: Vandarian Dubose
Ms. UAB: Laura Slovensky Hollis

1996

Mr. UAB: Joshua B. Hill
Ms. UAB: Tamula Patterson

1995

Mr. UAB: John A. Jennings
Ms. UAB: Sarah C. Latham

1994

Mr. UAB: Wyndall Ivey
Ms. UAB: G. Kelly Wright

1993

Mr. UAB: Christopher Arnold
Ms. UAB: Snehal Khatri

1992

Mr. UAB: Brian Austin Oakes
Ms. UAB: Pamela Lynn Pilcher

1991

Mr. UAB: Edwin Weiyan Yeh
Ms. UAB: Junie P. Richard

1990

Mr. UAB: Norman Claro Guillen
Ms. UAB: Joy Belinda Alder

1989

Mr. UAB: Michael O'Neil McCutcheon
Ms. UAB: Regina N. Phillips

1988

Mr. UAB: Bryan Casey Jones
Ms. UAB: Lisa Ann Kitchen Dearaujo

1987

Mr. UAB: John Denson Harden
Ms. UAB: Sylvia D. Billingsley Strothers

1986

Mr. UAB: Charlie W. Priest, Jr.
Ms. UAB: Tami Puchta

1985

Mr. UAB: Andre Ronald Nunn
Ms. UAB: Susan E. Gattis

1984

Mr. UAB: Rodney O. Tucker
Ms. UAB: Becky Anthony

1983

Mr. UAB: W. James Aderhold
Ms. UAB: Nena Beth Morris

1982

Mr. UAB: Ron Kleinman
Ms. UAB: Debbie Jo Severin

1981

Mr. UAB: David Norman Bolus
Ms. UAB: Konda K. Campbell