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Building a Better City: Cooke Scholar Chat Travieso

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 2, 2016 2:31:20 PM

Chat Travieso describes himself as an artist, designer, and educator. After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture as a Cooke Scholar, Chat worked as an architectural and urban designer before launching his own community-focused art and design practice.

"In some ways, this work is meant to be about creating a more open and just city – especially toward communities that are often excluded," Chat explains in our newest scholar spotlight video. Watch to see how Chat's public arts projects are designed to be utilized and enjoyed by residents: 

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholar News, Scholars, Video, Graduate Scholar

Civic Engagement Leader Olya Yarychkivska Receives Quinn Prize

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 2, 2016 12:04:14 PM

Each year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards the Matthew J. Quinn Prize to one or more current Cooke Scholars or alumni in recognition of an outstanding achievement that provides meaningful influence and impact on the lives of others. Winners of the Quinn Prize receive up to $10,000 cash and are honored at our annual Scholars Weekend event.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, Scholars, Scholars Weekend, Quinn Prize, Graduate Scholar

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 Scholar William Tarpeh: Solving Real People's Real Problems

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 14, 2016 4:28:30 PM

Cooke Scholar William Tarpeh's work could have a transformational effect on the developing world.

As a Cooke Young Scholar, William attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology where his interest in research and academic achievements led him to matriculate to Stanford University as a Cooke College Scholar. Now he is completing graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley as an environmental engineering Ph.D. student focused on sanitation in the developing world. William's work is reimagining sanitation and developing ways to convert waste into a precious resource, fertilizer.

"I think that a lot of the solutions to our world’s most pressing problems are in the minds of children who are simply preoccupied with survival. Sanitation for me is one way to remove that preoccupation with just surviving. These kids are instead thinking about how to change their own futures and the future of our world."

–William Tarpeh
Cooke Scholar

We wholeheartedly agree and applaud William's dedicated efforts to think big, work hard, and achieve.

Read more about the Cooke Foundation's scholarship programs and efforts to honor True Merit in education.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Scholars, Graduate Scholar, College Scholar, True Merit

2015 Quinn Prize Recipient Chat Travieso

Posted by Larry Thi on Aug 26, 2015 5:01:01 PM

Chat Travieso, a 2007 Cooke Graduate Scholar, is a talented architect committed to using socially conscious and creative art to make positive changes in low-income communities around New York City. This year, the Cooke Foundation awarded him a $10,000 Matthew J. Quinn Prize in recognition of his outstanding service to his community.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Quinn Prize, Arts, Graduate Scholar

The Best Moments of Scholars Weekend 2015

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 6, 2015 4:35:12 PM

In the last weekend of July, over 400 Cooke Scholars gather to share their stories and connect with educational leaders for workshops, peer networking, and learning to make the most of the collegiate experience. Scholars Weekend is a four-day event hosted annually by the Cooke Foundation to provide tools that will enable our scholars to transition to the next phase of their education or careers. Our newly selected and our ready-to-graduate scholarship recipients also enjoy being able to build a strong community of support for one another. 

This year's event included inspiration from Colin Powell, Arne Duncan, Michelle Obama, and our amazing scholars themselves! We revisited some of their favorite memories and insights shared live on social media. Here is a recap of the most amazing moments:

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Association, Young Scholars, Scholars, Scholars Weekend, Graduate Scholar, College Scholar

Cooke Foundation Honors 3 Scholars for Outstanding Service to their Communities

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 4, 2015 12:20:00 PM

Cooke Foundation Recognizes Three Scholars for Outstanding Contributions to Their Communities

LANSDOWNE, VA – For their outstanding contributions to the communities in which they live, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholar alumnus Chat Travieso has been awarded this year’s $10,000 Matthew J. Quinn Prize. In addition, Cooke Young Scholars Agata Bykovtsev and Sarah Sahibousidq have each been awarded a $2,500 Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholars Weekend, Quinn Prize, Event, Arts, Graduate Scholar, Quinn Youth Leadership Award

Cooke Scholar Shrochis Karki Helps Communities Rebuild After Earthquake Tragedy

Posted by Marc Linmore on Jun 2, 2015 3:34:00 PM

When one of this year’s most tragic natural disasters unfolded, a Cooke Graduate Scholar alumnus was among those leading the relief response.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Video, Profile, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment, alumni, service

Cooke Scholar Emily Hedin Transforms Communities Half a World Away

Posted by Marc Linmore on May 13, 2015 3:10:37 PM

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Video, Profile, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment, alumni, service

Reflections from Kabul—JKCF Graduate Scholar Huma Saeed

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 11, 2015 1:50:00 PM

After earning a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Science in Human Rights at the London School of Economics, 2009 Graduate Scholar Huma Saeed is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the Institute of Criminology at the University of Leuven in Belgium.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Graduate Scholar

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