First alternates in the competition are Sawyer Summers of Fairhope and Anna Virginia Jones of Memphis, Tennessee.
Started in 1981, the Mr. and Ms. UAB Scholarship Competition is one of UAB’s longest-standing Homecoming traditions. The winners of the 2018 scholarship competition were announced during halftime of the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 20.
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 $1,000 scholarships. 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.
Kendrick, 21, the son of Stovall Kendrick and Tamera Kendrick, is a junior majoring in biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is in the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program, is a recipient of Dr. Heidi Umphrey’s Eagle Scout Scholarship, and is on the president’s and dean’s lists. Kendrick is an orientation leader coordinator, a research assistant and a chemistry lab teaching assistant. He is a volunteer at Whatley Health Services, a dental clinic for the underserved population. In summer 2019, he will bike across the country to raise awareness and funds for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Modi, 20, the daughter of Jay and Shetal Modi, is a sophomore majoring in medical industrial distribution in the Collat School of Business. She is the recipient of the Greenlee Industrial Distribution Scholarship and is on the fall 2017 and spring 2018 dean’s list. She is a UAB orientation leader, a member of Alpha Xi Delta Theta Phi Chapter and an Athletics hostess. Modi is a volunteer with Into the Streets through UAB and has volunteered at “BOO at the ZOO” Sensory Inclusion Night.
Summers, 21, a junior majoring in medical industrial distribution, is the son of Gregory Summers and Sonja Summers. He is a UAB Trailblazer, is in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Honors Program, is a member of business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma, is a business student leader and a peer mentor.
Jones, 21, the daughter of Carol Jones and Thomas Jones, is a junior majoring in neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Pathway and earned UAB Presidential Honors in fall 2016, spring 2017, fall 2017 and spring 2018. She is on the UAB TrailBlazer leadership team, is a UAB Undergraduate Neuroscience Ambassador and is director of leadership for Alpha Gamma Delta. She won third place in the UAB Undergraduate Video Research Awards. She is a Birmingham VA Hospital ambassador, women’s health care chaperone and American Red Cross Mid-Alabama Chapter volunteer.
The competition finalists are:
Molly Clay, 20, of Rome, Georgia, daughter of Michelle Clay and Marc Clay, a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Personalized Pathway majoring in psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Vishwadha Gunda, 20, of Montgomery, daughter of Vikram and Jyothi Gunda, a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Honors Program majoring in philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Sharan Kaur, 20, of Ardmore, Alabama, son of Rama Kaur and the late Gomez Singh, a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Honors Program majoring in biology in CAS and public health in the School of Public Health.
Tyler Huang, 19, of Fayette, Alabama, daughter of Dong and Tong Huang, a sophomore in the UAB Honors College’s University Honors Program majoring in neuroscience.
Nicholas Arnold, 20, of Mansfield, Ohio, son of Tammy Stroud and Jeff Stroud, a junior in the UAB Honors College’s Global and Community Leadership Honors Program majoring in psychology, pre-med.
Yazen Shihab, 20, of Montgomery, son of Suha and John Crow, a junior in the UAB honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program majoring in neuroscience.