Isabelle Riddle has dreams of someday becoming a pediatric oncologist. And now she has the opportunity to work toward making those dreams a reality at one of the top colleges in the country; thanks to the Cooke College Scholarship Program.
This fall Isabelle began her freshman year at the University of Georgia, where she’ll be studying as a Foundation Fellow and Stamp Scholar. Outside of school, she’s been a leading member of the College Board Student Advisory Council, where she’s been advocating for students like her for three years.
“It makes me feel like my voice is heard and that was something that I struggled with earlier in my high school. Like, I'm just one student here in a small county, how am I going to make a difference?” says Isabelle. “I helped design the SAT daily practice app, which really was important to me because it’s having a way to study for the SAT without paying for an individual tutor. I wanted to get that out there for other students because that's a big issue."
As a Cooke College Scholar, Isabelle will receive up to $40,000 per year to complete her bachelor's degree, along with opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding. Beyond that, she will connect with the vibrant community of Cooke Scholars.
“The fact that I was given so much really puts in perspective the fact that I need to give back going forward. All this, I have to repay it in some way,” she says. “And the way that I want to repay it is being a doctor, going out there, saving lives. It's really given me that confidence and also given me that drive.”