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Cooke Scholar Selena: Conducting Research and Keeping an Open Mind

Posted by Christine Florence on Nov 15, 2016 2:56:06 PM

Selena Zhang has had a busy two years. In 2015 she was the winner of California’s Stem Cell Agency’s creativity program blog competition. The program required her to attend lectures and complete experiments all while translating her thoughts and experiences into written form.

In 2016, Selena applied and was selected as a Cooke College Scholar. “Being a Cooke Scholar is much more than I thought it would be. ... It's a lot of people who had that same passion for making a difference. Being a Cooke Scholar is an amazing part of my life”.

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Topics: College Scholarship, Video, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

Making Global Connections: Santiago Tober Potes

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 8, 2016 2:50:39 PM

Cooke Scholar Santiago Tober Potes was born in Cali, Colombia before moving to Florida. In high school, he attended the School for Advanced Studies, Wolfson campus in downtown Miami. Now he's on the move again –  this fall, Santiago began classes at Columbia University.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Video, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

Cooke Scholar Sunpreet Singh on Thinking Big

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 1, 2016 9:43:02 AM

Sunpreet has begun his studies at Dartmouth College with some major ambitions in mind: he hopes to become a politician on the global stage. And his chosen major covers an even greater territory.

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College Scholar

Cooke Scholar Kate Hegay: From Uzbekistan to Refugee Advocate

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 26, 2016 12:21:30 PM

Kate Hegay was just five when she left Uzbekistan to live in the United States. Her experiences have shaped her passions and career goals:

“It's really ambitious, but I'd like to work at the United Nations." Kate is particularly interested in United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College Scholar

Cooke Scholar Pursues Dual Passions: Cello Performance and Pre-Med

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 17, 2016 4:16:15 PM

Music and medicine have both been interwoven cornerstones in Mardochee Dade's life. 

In an interview with The Morning Call earlier this year, Mardochee stated: "Music doesn't have a color. It doesn't have any walls or boundaries. It's about intermingling and exploration and creating something new. And the cello is an instrument that is open to all genres. It creates this feeling that I can't describe. It gives me chills."

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College Scholar

Meaningful Life & Learning: Thoughts from Cooke Scholar Abigail McFee

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 23, 2016 11:45:55 AM

Abigail McFee was a 2009 recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, and was additionally awarded the Cooke College Scholarship in 2013. She is currently a senior at Tufts University, where she majors in English Language and Literature/Letters and writes for JUMBO, the Tufts admissions magazine. In this piece, Abigail reflects on how access to educational opportunities allows living and learning to be entwined.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, College Scholarship, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

Baltimore High School Senior Kathy Le Receives Cooke College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 22, 2016 12:14:22 PM

Earlier this week, members of the Cooke Foundation staff had the pleasure of notifying another College Scholarship Program recipient in person. Kathy Le is a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) whose research on genetic mutation led her to be named a semifinalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. 

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

Surprise Scholarship Announcement for High School Senior Ethan Ambrose

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 18, 2016 5:03:07 PM

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

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

Video Spotlight: Nathan Miller on Learning to Think Big

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 17, 2016 4:15:57 PM

"Throughout high school, I learned to make opportunities for myself, to think big."

Cooke Scholar Nathan Miller's experiences in our Young Scholars Program allowed him to explore his evolving interests and paved his pathway to our $40,000 per year College Scholarship Program.
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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Video, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

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