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Cooke Conversation: Faith Culhane and the Power of Spoken Word

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 18, 2016 12:55:01 PM

Cooke Scholar Faith Culhane knows not to put limits on what she can achieve. After attending Valencia College and receiving our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2015, Faith is now majoring in medical anthropology and political science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Additionally, she is a pediatric nurse and legal intern working with the undocumented population in central Florida.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Video, Event, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Krysti Scotti

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 6, 2016 3:00:46 PM

We're continuing our series of Cooke Scholar profiles by interviewing high-achievers 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!

This week, we caught up with Kristen (Krysti) Scotti to learn more about the SpaceICE Mission project she leads and her advice for other students considering a career in STEM.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Scholar accomplishment, STEM, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Ann Hollingsworth

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 12, 2016 5:01:48 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 Ann Hollingsworth.

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

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 Conversations: 5 Questions with Sascha Hughes-Caley

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 1, 2016 4:58:42 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!

Hi! I’m Sascha Hughes-Caley, recipient of the Cooke Graduate Arts Award (2013). I recently received my MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate study, I studied acting at Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, BC and earned a BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder – double majoring in art history and studio art. I now work as an artist and live in Philadelphia. You can see some of my work at
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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions with Monirath Siv

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 2, 2016 11:55:59 AM

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!

Cooke Scholar Monirath Siv received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2009. In the interview below, he shares advice for harnessing naïvity to change the world.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions with Michelle McLeod

Posted by Larry Thi on Jan 5, 2016 2:03:23 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!

Cooke Scholar Michelle McLeod received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2007 and continued her studies as a Cooke Graduate Scholar beginning in 2009. She shares her thoughts on resilience and advocacy in the interview below.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions With Carrie Moore

Posted by Larry Thi on Dec 15, 2015 3:21:19 PM

We're kicking off a new 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!

Cooke Scholar Carrie Moore was selected for the Young Scholars Program in 2001, and matriculated through higher education as a College Scholar in 2006 and a Graduate Scholar in 2011. Here are her thoughts:

I consider myself extremely blessed to have spent my high school, undergraduate, and graduate school years as a Cooke Scholar. With the Cooke Foundation’s support, I left the world of classical ballet training to attend Cedar Crest College where I became a proud women's college graduate. I later earned an MBA and hope to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership in the future. I've been happily working in education administration since 2010 and enjoy the cross-country travel it allows me. When I'm not working, I can be found cooking, running, or playing with any furry, four-legged creature I meet.

 

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Cooke Conversations

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