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September 23: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 23, 2016 1:25:38 PM

September 23, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. School district, state, and federal leaders reaffirm their commitments to helping talented, low-income students access challenging high school courses. Media stories on higher ed focus on the need for improving graduation rates and other support for students with financial need.

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Topics: financial aid, high school, college success, Friday Roundup,

New School District and State Commitments Could Change Narrative for Underserved Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 21, 2016 2:22:30 PM

  

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 -- Today, 75 school district, state, and federal officials convened to announce new partnerships and commitments, and to discuss and celebrate ground-breaking results. Local and state superintendents were recognized by White House Cabinet Secretary and My Brother's Keeper Taskforce Chair Broderick Johnson at the dinner celebration, hosted by Equal Opportunity Schools and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

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Topics: Media Release, high school, grants

How One Undocumented Student Went from Community College to Georgetown

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 21, 2016 9:33:01 AM

In 1990, Luis Rosales was 9 years old and making the perilous journey with his parents to the United States. By 2016, he transferred from Montgomery College to the prestigious Georgetown University.

During his two years at community college, Luis earned a 3.92 grade point average; served in the Student Senate; was president of the League of Latin American citizens; all while taking honors classes. Majoring in business, Luis has “a passion for using business and entrepreneurial skills for the betterment of others”.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

September 16: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 16, 2016 3:39:37 PM

September 16, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Popular articles criticize school funding formulas and the lack of state support for higher education.

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Topics: funding college, low income, high school, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Grant Applications Sought from Education Nonprofits in DC Area

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 15, 2016 12:00:34 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is taking applications for Good Neighbor Grants, ranging from $10,000 to $35,000, from nonprofit organizations that operate programs serving students with significant financial need in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, Good Neighbor Grants

Engineering Her Future: Cooke Scholar Katya Echazarreta

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 14, 2016 4:45:39 PM

Katya Echazarreta has a long list of accomplishments: a 4.0 GPA, vice president of the Society of Women Engineers, and member of Phi Theta Kappa, to name a few. Katya began her educational journey at San Diego City College, and in May she received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will help her pursue a degree in electrical engineering at UCLA.

This past summer, Katya had the amazing opportunity to conduct research at Rutgers University in RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) Program, funded by a NASA grant.

“I can do all of the things that I wanted to do and now even more, because I am a Cooke Scholar,” said Katya.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

One Selective High School LIFTs Students Up with Enrichment Program

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Sep 12, 2016 3:43:50 PM

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is one of six inaugural recipients of the foundation’s Selective Public High School grant program. The foundation’s grant of $99,744 is supporting a program titled Learning through Inquiry, Fellowship, and Tutoring (LIFT) over the period of two years beginning in June 2015.

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Topics: low income, high school, Grantee Spotlight, STEM

September 9: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 9, 2016 3:41:34 PM

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Topics: low income, Transfer students, college access, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

From Community College to Georgetown University: Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 8, 2016 1:46:21 PM

Born in Ghana, Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe’s educational journey has been a long and fulfilling one. Derrick has gone from teaching himself the alphabet and math to graduating summa cum laude from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in computer science.

This May, Derrick received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship which will allow him to attend Georgetown University to pursue his passion as he begins pre-med studies. “I always wanted to help people in isolated communities and improve the quality of their healthcare.”

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

September 2: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 2, 2016 11:00:00 AM

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Topics: financial aid, low income, college access, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

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