August 11, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Higher ed advocates discuss admissions and resources for students with financial need. Coverage on K-12 finds concerns for policy and budgetary changes.
July 28, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Popular articles this week criticize funding allocation for both higher education and K-12 schools. Disparities in gifted programs and AP course enrollment are also discussed.
"When I was in high school, Yale was never on my radar," writes Cooke Scholar Ryan Liu. In an article published by Forbes, Ryan details his somewhat unusual path to Yale University. As a first-generation student, Ryan began his undergraduate studies at a community college.
This year nearly 3,000 community college students applied for the 2017 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, and after reviewing thousands of excellent applications, we are happy to award 55 scholarships to some of the nation's top performing community college students.
Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have strong records of achievement and success, as proven by their GPA, service to others, leadership skills, awards, and their ability to perservere in the face of adversity and financial hardship.
LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 597 top community college students from across the nation as semifinalists to compete for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide up to 60 low-income students with as much as $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities.
Isla Martinez-Iglesias can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 46 seconds. "It looks so complex and I never throught that I was smart enough to do something like that," she says. "When I did it, I proved to myself that I really could do anything I wanted to – so it motivated me to apply to college."
While attending Manor College, Isla became vice president of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter and president of the student government. She additionally made time to tutor chemistry, intern at the Philadelphia Zoo, and volunteer – all while making the grades to be valedictorian of her graduating class and secure a spot at La Salle University.
After serving for 13 years in the U.S. Navy, Joshua DuFault decided to begin studying computer science at El Camino College.
"I have a background in data analysis from my time in the military, and what I'm really interested about computer science is where it's going with the ability to analyze, piece together big data and do things that have never been done before."
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”.
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.