Kosove Scholars

Shalini Jose

Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Shalini is a fourth year student in the USF 7-Year BS/MD program and is attending her first year at the USF Morsani College of Medicine after majoring in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Psychology and Criminology. Currently, she serves as the student leader for the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration Program and serves as the Community Outreach Director for the Arts in Health organization at USF. Recently, she published her novel, "Baarish Ke Saath", with 100% of her profits going towards supporting girls' access to education in India and has been able to support the education of over 100 girls through the book so far. She hopes to become a physician that is able to globally treat people without access to medical care and develop greater opportunities for girls' education.

Amber Pirson

Undergraduate Scholar, International Studies & Anthropology

Amber is a fourth year International Studies and Anthropology double major. During her first two years, she joined the Honors College Tour Guide staff and the co- ed medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon. She has received the Global Citizens Award at USF and has completed the Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Bristol (UK). She enjoys intramural soccer, Bollywood fusion dancing, and learning new languages. Amber has also served on a 4 medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by the USF Honors College and has assisted with community development projects with communities in Sosua. In Tampa, Amber is focused on engaging the community and other stakeholders in the issue of human trafficking through her work with No More and the Justice Restoration Center. She has also learned intermediate Thai through the Boren scholarship where she lived and studied in Bangkok for 6 months. Amber is extremely grateful to the Kosove Society and looks forward to continue empowering the youth of Tampa Bay through Kosove’s legacy project.

​Andrea Bustamante

Undergraduate Scholar, Global Business Management and Creative Writing

Andrea is a second-year student doing a concurrent degree in Global Business Management and Creative Writing. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Community Service for the Kosove Society. This past year, Andrea participated in the Emerging Leaders Institute, the iBuddy program, and the UndocuALLY training. During her Spring Break, Andrea was a member of the Bulls Service Break: Human Trafficking trip, where she traveled to Miami and spent the week learning about this social issue. This year, Andrea is the Fundraising Chair for the Latin American Student Association, part of the Latin Dance Club performance team, and an active member of Women in Business. She is thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Kosove Society Family and is excited for what the future holds here at USF.

Samuel Steck

​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 third-year student pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Psychology and is VP of Community Service for the Kosove Society. Sam graduated from Rockledge High as salutatorian with a 4.5 GPA and an AICE diploma, with leadership roles in five different organizations, including Sisterhood President and Class President. 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 and recently returned from a semester studying abroad at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. 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 in the sea turtle rehabilitation center.  She is the proud Director of Internal Affairs for the Globull Ambassadors and a member of the Marine Biology Club, USF Rotaract, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. She hopes that her work in the field of marine biology 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

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

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.    

Ahmed-Zayn Mohamed

Graduate Scholar, Medicine

Zayn is a medical student at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. His career goal is to lead innovation in biotechnology via a career combining medicine and patent law. At the end of his first year of medical school, at the age of 21, Zayn became a licensed and registered Florida lawyer and U.S. patent attorney. After medical school, he plans to pursue a residency in radiology or surgery. Zayn is an Eagle Scout and speaks Arabic, Spanish, and French. In law school and as an undergraduate student, he had earned second place in competitive triathlons, entered an international piano competition and received the third place prize at Carnegie Hall, made music videos some of which were recognized nationally and one that won in an international contest, and traveled abroad as an official University language interpreter. Zayn shares: “It is an honor and a privilege for me to be a Kosove Scholar, and I am thankful and grateful that the Kosove Society fosters a community of active students who value service and have many diverse talents and interests.” 

Kelly Hope Koutnik

Graduate Scholar

Kelly Koutnik is a doctoral student in the USF College of Education TESLA program. Her research interests include second and multiple language acquisition in special populations (e.g. hearing loss, cerebral palsy, language disorders) as well as family-centered intervention methods and practices. Kelly is also a licensed speech-language pathologist currently practicing in home and clinic settings. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Florida State University and her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Florida. Kelly’s clinical experience includes pediatric outpatient, adult acute and intensive care, pediatric private practice, university clinic, and preschool settings. Kelly is an active member of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Special Interest Group 14- Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and her current doctoral work focuses on utilizing technology to support dual language development for families receiving early intervention services.

Karina Garcia-Herrera

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.

Ryan Grabau

Undergraduate Scholar, Biomedical Sciences

Ryan Grabau is a fourth-year student in the USF Honors College pursuing a major in Biomedical Science and a double minor in Public Health and Deaf Studies. He received the Global Citizens Award and traveled to Florence Italy as part of a Physician Observation program where he published a paper about Italian Medical Ethics. Ryan was then invited to present his research at Oxford University at the 2018 International Health Congress. Ryan has held positions on campus as Treasurer of the Global Citizens Project, Resident Assistant for the Pre-Nursing LLC, Co-founder of USF Camp Kesem, and a Calculus Peer Leader. He has also been employed as an Undergraduate Researcher with USF Department of Cardiology working 40 hours a week to treat cardiology diseases through developing nanoparticles and performing open heart surgery on animals. Ryan serves as a preschool teacher at his local church and ultimately aspires to be a pediatric cardiologist. He loves serving others with and through the USF Kosove Society.

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

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

Undergraduate Scholar, Cell and Molecular Biology

Olivia Tuckey is a first-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. The students partnered with the Marine Biological Association for the analysis and then toured England and France before returning home. 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. She is grateful for the opportunities that the Kosove society provides and is looking forward to her time in college and all the new experiences it will bring.

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