Hometown: Birmingham, AlabamaMaya is a Gates Millennium Scholar that is thoroughly enthralled by the study of ecology. She currently serves as the secretary-treasurer of Samford University Democrats and hopes to become further involved with the Black Student Union and environmental based clubs at Samford. She plans to help develop an American Association of University Women (AAUW) chapter for more women empowerment on campus. She has also joined the Birmingham Education (ED) Foundation in hopes of starting programs to rally more young women into STEM based careers. After volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Maya hopes to become further involved with giving back to the Birmingham community through education and service over the summer and the rest of her years at Samford.