Kosove Scholars

​Andrea Bustamante

Kosove President, Undergraduate Scholar, Global Business Management and Creative Writing

Andrea is a senior pursuing a concurrent degree in Global Business Management and Creative Writing. She was born in Colombia and has been living in Tampa for around fourteen years. She enjoys writing, latin dancing, and traveling. In Summer 2019, Andrea studied abroad in the USF in London program and, in Spring 2020, she studied and interned abroad in Barcelona. In the past, she has served as the Kosove Vice President of Community Service, Fundraising Chair for the Latin American Student Association, and Recruitment Chair for Women in Business, and she is the 2019-2020 USF Mrs. Latinx. She is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Kosove Society family and looks forward to a wonderful year.

Samuel Steck

​Kosove VP of Marketing, Undergraduate Scholar, Finance and Accounting

Samuel was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and has been in Tampa for the past 18 years. He is the Kosove Society VP of Marketing and a Honors College student pursuing a dual degree in Finance and Accounting. In Summer 2018 Samuel was a Gilman Scholarship recipient who studied abroad in London for four weeks, receiving 6 hours of course credit. Samuel is the Chairman of the Student Investment Club and is involved in the Student Managed Investment Fund, Student Finance Association, Real Estate Society, Outdoor Recreation Adventure Trips, and Intramural Club Golf. Samuel has held multiple internship roles in the investment banking and financial services space. Upon his 2021 graduation he plans to work in the financial services industry.

​Samantha Cavallaro

Undergraduate Scholar, Marine Biology

Sam is a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Psychology. In the summer of 2018, Sam was able to participate in a research trip to Soufriere, Saint Lucia, observing changes in the coral and local fish populations. She also spent several months studying abroad at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.  She is the proud President of the Globull Ambassadors and a member of the Order of the Golden Brahman, Marine Biology Club, USF Rotaract, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In her off time, you can usually find her scuba diving, at the beach, or at the Brevard Zoo where she volunteers with the giraffe and interns in the Sea Turtle Healing Center. She hopes that her work in the field of rehabilitating and releasing marine animals will "make waves" towards a brighter future for the ocean and all of the life in it.

Nicholas Haggar

Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Nicholas is a Public Health major pursuing a career in medicine. Nick is also involved in multiple different honors and service organizations on campus as well as being involved at a community service level in Greek Life. Nick has been recognized by the GTE Federal Credit Union as well as the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for excellent academics and service. Nick is an Eagle Scout and due to this, has a strong interest in outdoor activities. Nick will be completing his final year of his undergraduate education at USF this upcoming fall (2020-2021).

Moriah Haley

Kosove Secretary, Undergraduate Scholar, International Studies

Moriah Haley is a second-year student at USF with a major in International Studies and a concurrent degree in World Languages and Cultures with a concentration in French.  In high school, she developed “The Dignity Project” which collected feminine hygiene products to donate to homeless shelters and sparked Moriah’s interest in policy-making and international involvement. She is also passionate about learning and teaching foreign languages to better understand the world around her. She hopes to attend law school after her undergraduate education and work in the international political sphere. Moriah is excited to work with the Kosove Society because of to its dedication to community service and its value for students who engage in it.

​Alexa Laux

Kosove Historian, Undergraduate Scholar, CSD-LSH

Alexa Laux is a sophomore at USF majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Speech, Language, and Hearing.  She is the 2020 Treasurer of the USF Baptist Collegiate Ministries, as well as a Life Group Leader.  She enjoys serving others through these leadership positions and wishes to pursue a career in ministry after college.  Through her studies, she aspires to become a speech therapist and work with special needs children.  Alexa is passionate about building meaningful relationships with the people around her and is thankful for the opportunity foster this passion through the Kosove Society.    

Karina Garcia-Herrera

Kosove VP of Legacy, Undergraduate Scholar, English

With a passion for reading, writing, and technology, Karina plans to use the skills she will strengthen as a USF student to develop apps and devices that will make literacy education more accessible to underprivileged youth. She graduated from Florida Virtual school summa cum laude and participated in both the Creative Writing and Newspaper club. One of Karina’s greatest beliefs is that children are the future, and she has volunteered in programs such as the Promise Love Foundation, which aids in the adoption process, and OASIS, which provides clothing to children and adolescents. Karina is thankful for the opportunities afforded by the Kosove Society's investment in her education, and hopes to pay this contribution forward by developing accessible and affordable literacy education.

Taylor Berlin

Graduate Scholar, Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy

Taylor Berlin graduated from the University of South Florida as a King O’Neal Scholar with a degree in Health Science. During her time at USF, Taylor was a George W. Jenkins scholar, a board member for student organization, Bulls for Moffitt and a member of the club swim team. Taylor also has served as a mentor to her peers in multiple occasions including leading a study workshop and serving as an elder buddy to a fellow Jenkins scholar. She has given her time to volunteer for countless organizations including Moffitt Cancer center and disaster cleanup in Houston after hurricane Harvey. She is continuing her education at the USF School of rehabilitation and physical therapy, following she wants to serve her geriatric community and provide them with the type of exceptional care that you would want your parents to receive, personalized and engaging. Taylor enjoys swimming, camping, and making a difference to those around her. She is grateful that the Kosove society will allow her to follow her passion of giving back with a family of others who will serve as mentors and friends, also for the great generosity of the Kosove society. 

Sayona Jose

Kosove VP of Community Service, Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Sayona Jose is an IB graduate who served as the President of Spanish National Honor Society, and the Event Director of “Chargerthon” for the All Children’s Miracle Network which raised over $70,000 in the past 4 years. She volunteers weekly as an assistant reading teacher for local second graders, and has fed over 100 individuals in her community service club “Helping Hands.” She is majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Florida in hopes of specializing in sports medicine. Sayona is beyond thankful to be part of the Kosove Society, and is excited to volunteer together on service projects!

Jessica Follmer

Ungergraduate Scholar, Cell and Molecular Biology & Public Health

Jessica is a third-year student pursuing a concurrent degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and Public Health. She currently volunteers at Tampa General in the ER and Pediatric Center. On campus, she is a member of the Honors College and is involved in various pre-med and service abroad organizations. Jessica is the treasurer of the GIVE Club at USF and is also an ambassador for the nonprofit organization GIVE (Growth International Volunteer Excursions), which focuses on international development, sustainability, and English education abroad. She has volunteered with GIVE for two years and has visited Thailand, Laos, and Tanzania. After graduating, Jessica plans to attend medical school and become a trauma surgeon. She hopes to work with global aid organizations so she can provide medical care to underserved, displaced, and refugee populations. She is very grateful for the opportunities at USF and the support provided by the Kosove Society.

Olivia Tuckey

Kosove Media Director, Undergraduate Scholar, Cell and Molecular Biology

Olivia Tuckey is a second-year student in the USF Honors College pursuing a major in Cell and Molecular Biology. She graduated from Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida in the top 1% of her class. Throughout high school she was a proud member of the NaGISA program, a global biodiversity study of the world’s coasts founded in Japan. By her senior year, Olivia was Head Extern of the NaGISA program and was responsible for leading and managing the entire program at Niceville High School along with a small team of other students. In her sophomore year of high school, Olivia went on an international trip to Europe to conduct a scientific collection and analysis in England as part of the NaGISA program. Through this experience and her recent educational tour of Japan, Olivia fell in love with foreign travel. She plans to study abroad at least once during her time at USF. After college, she plans on becoming a research scientist in the field of genetics or working to improve the state of the environment through scientific research and development.

Molly Orlick

Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Molly Orlick is a recent graduate from the IB Program at Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida, where she served as President of National Honor Society, Founder and President of the Pre-Veterinary Club, and a member of Honor Council.  She served as a Congressional Intern for US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, attended Florida Girls State where she was elected to be a Senator, served on the Tampa Mayor’s Youth Corps and represented the City of Tampa at the Florida League of Cities.  Molly organized a book drive for children in economically disadvantaged communities and personally collected over 1,600 books for these children.  She has also volunteered for many organizations throughout Tampa including St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Children’s Cancer Center, and the Trinity Cafe. Molly was awarded the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in 2019. Molly played varsity volleyball and flag football, earning three consecutive flag football State Championships.  Molly is a Provost Scholar and a part of the Judy Genshaft Honors College where she is majoring in Biomedical Sciences. Molly shares, “I am truly honored to be a part of the Kosove Society. I am looking forward to the numerous opportunities and outstanding people that I will meet.”

Edlin Veras

Graduate Scholar, Sociology

Edlin Veras is a first-generation PhD candidate and instructor. He earned his B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice and Sociology at Clayton State University while a student-athlete, mentor, and AmeriCorps team member. He later matriculated to Georgia State University to complete his M.A. in African-American Studies. Stemming from his own experiences with relocating from the Northeast to the Deep South, his research is diasporic, exploring issues of colorism, racialization, and identity among African descendants in the U.S. and Latin America. His ethnographic dissertation project examines the disparate treatment of Haitians and Haitian descendants living in shanty towns in the Dominican Republic and their experiences with colorism, racism, and xenophobia. His work can be found in The Journal of Public and Professional Criminology and The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. Beyond research, Edlin is committed to mentorship, public sociology, and accessibility through his collaborative efforts with OwnYourIam, an organization centered on educating and spreading awareness about colorism and textureism.  In his spare time, he likes to travel, run, and play dominoes. Edlin is honored to be a part of the Kosove Society at the University of South Florida and is looking forward to serving our community.

Maggie Rubens

Undergraduate Scholar, Business Analytics and Information Systems

Maggie is a first-year student pursuing a degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems with a concentration in Cyber Security. With integrity and leadership to guide her, she served as the Speech and Debate Club President at her high school, allowing her to travel throughout the country to debate international politics with other high school students.  For over ten years, Maggie was an active member in Girl Scouts. In addition to receiving the Girl Scout Silver Award in which she donated a bookshelf full of children's books to an underprivileged school, Maggie also attended numerous camping trips as an Ambassador, mentoring younger girls, which fostered her love of helping others. During high school, she was an active member of National Honor Society and ICare ICure, a foundation that raises funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Maggie is excited to have the opportunity to continue to help in community service through the Kosove Society.

Sean Varughese

Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Sean Varughese is an incoming Freshman who is pursuing a major in Biomedical Sciences and hopes to specialize in Otolaryngology in the future. He graduated from Strawberry Crest High School’s IB program and served as a mentor for elementary school students who sought to improve at reading, through the program “Teen Trendsetters”. He also Co-founded “Water to Life”, a non-profit project aimed at providing clean drinking water to underserved communities within India- and has built two wells in Uttar Pradesh thus far. Sean is both extremely grateful and excited to be part of the Kosove Society, and he looks forward to his time at USF.

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