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Cooke Alumni Buzz

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Feb 12, 2018 5:45:32 PM

See how far Cooke Scholars can go!
Here's the latest updates from alumni of our various scholarship programs:

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Topics: alumni

Cooke Chronicle: Education Legislation, College Readiness and Education Budget Cuts

Posted by Kate Featherston on Apr 14, 2017 3:02:15 PM

April 14, 2017 - Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. The New York State Legislature approves legislation to eliminate public college tuition for many students; college admission practices are criticized as being discriminatory against low-income students; President Trump’s proposed cuts to the Department of Education Budget are called harmful; and states are not embracing school choice proposals in plans they are submitting the Department of Education.

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Topics: funding college, college readiness, college access, college cost, college admissions, alumni, Friday Roundup,, higher education, Harold Levy, achievement gap

Exploring the Skies - Cooke Scholar Harun Mehmedinovic

Posted by Marc Linmore on Apr 13, 2017 12:53:17 PM

We’ve all been told to 'reach for the stars', but what if the stars are hidden?

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Video, Profile, Arts, alumni, photography

Something That Matters: Cooke Scholar Qian Qian Tang

Posted by Marc Linmore on Mar 9, 2017 3:41:56 PM

Qian Qian Tang was in the very first cohort of Cooke Young Scholars, and it transformed her life. The experiences she's had and the people she's met have inspired her to change the world.

After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, she attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Cooke College Scholar. It was there where she first became interested in the intersection of technology and healthcare. She put that interest to good use when she helped launch the healthtech company Kinsa with the idea of building the first real time map to track and stop the spread of disease. Learn more about her amazing work and journey in our new scholar spotlight video:

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Video, College Scholar, alumni, Young Scholars Program

Reflecting on 2016 and the Challenges Ahead

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 18, 2017 1:07:12 PM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enters our 17th year more dedicated than ever to creating opportunities for talented students with financial need.

As we do so, it is helpful to reflect on some of the recent accomplishments we will continue to build upon. Here are 10 endeavors pursued by the Cooke Foundation in 2016:

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Topics: Scholars, Event, grants, alumni

Highlights from our 2016 Cooke Alumni Summit

Posted by Larry Thi on Nov 3, 2016 2:34:09 PM

In October, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation hosted 95 Cooke Scholar Alumni at our biennial alumni summit in San Francisco. The group showed up to the event ready to reconnect with their fellow scholars and participate in various sessions centered on the theme of "Connecting Vision & Action".

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Topics: Scholars, Event, alumni

StudioTulsa Interviews Cooke Scholar Noam Faingold

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 13, 2016 2:01:05 PM

Cooke Scholar Noam Faingold is a composer, conductor, and performer whose works spans a variety of outlets and projects. Following the completion of his Ph.D. from King’s College London in 2015, Noam has remained active in the musician community. He currently serves as director of the Barthelmes Conservatory and holds postions at Tulsa Community College and The University of Tulsa.

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Topics: Scholar News, Arts, Graduate Scholar, musicians, alumni

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Shaun Zhang

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 5, 2016 1:17:06 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group. Today's conversation features Cooke Scholar Shaun Zhang.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, alumni, Young Scholars Program, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Karen Cruz

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 22, 2016 1:30:58 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group.

My name is Karen Cruz, and I am twenty-two years old. I was born and raised in Mexico until I moved to the United States at the age of eight. In 7th grade, I took the SAT as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and later that year I became a Young Scholar at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. I attended Greenhill School and went on to Yale University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health in 2015. While at Yale, I was also an Italian major, a cheerleader, a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity, and a medical interpreter at the Haven Free Clinic. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America, and I currently teach Physics and Environmental Systems at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, Texas.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, College Scholar, alumni, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Scholar Deeneaus Polk Receives German Chancellor Fellowship

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 9, 2015 4:45:04 PM

Jack Kent Cooke 2008 Undergradutae Transfer Scholar Deeneaus Polk has been selected for the German Chancellor Fellowship. Polk  transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to University of Mississippi and graduated from University of Mississippi in 2011 with a B.A. in International Studies. This article originally appeared on Ole Miss News.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, alumni

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