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Cooke Scholar Community Celebrates College Signing Day

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 3:36:11 PM

Yesterday, we joined First Lady Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative to celebrate National College Signing Day. As high school seniors commit to their colleges, the First Lady wanted to make sure there is plenty of fanfare, both online and at the Harlem Armory in New York City, where 4,000 students gathered to commemorate College Signing Day. 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, high school seniors, Scholars, college decision

College Scholar Spotlight: Angelina Xing

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 22, 2014 2:54:00 PM


2013 Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar Angelina Xing's moving essay, "Diary of Chopin Melodies," has been published in The Curator, an online literary magazine.  In it she describes different pieces of music as metaphorically representing the changing phases and emotions in her life after her older sister was diagnosed with leukemia. She writes, “soon, the constant IVs in JieJie’s arm prevented us from sharing our only common experience: playing music.”

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, Scholar Spotlight, musicians, Scholar accomplishment, College Scholar

Washington Times: Jack Kent Cooke's Legacy Continues to Produce Winners

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Dec 5, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Deborah Simmons of The Washington Times dubbed Jack Kent Cooke Scholars "winners" in an article about the Foundation on December 1. We certainly agree with that! We are proud of our Scholars and very much enjoyed reading her piece which profiles two of them.

 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, JKCF in the News

Scholar Spotlight: Harun Mehmedinovic

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Nov 26, 2013 1:55:00 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars come from all parts of this country—and sometimes from all parts of the world.  They rise above their challenged backgrounds to raise the bar in everything they do.

Consider, for instance, Harun Mehmedinovic.  As a young boy, he survived the four-year-long Siege of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Artillery shells rained down daily on the city; snipers shot pedestrians as they tried to move through the city streets.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Higher Education Scholars, Scholar Spotlight, Scholar News, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Video, Arts, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment, alumni

Scholar Spotlight: Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Chris Wilbur

Posted by Heather Reams on Nov 15, 2013 11:06:00 AM

The Foundation recently caught up with Chris Wilbur, a 2011 Undergraduate Transfer Scholar and current Executive Chair of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholar Association.  Read below his thoughts on being a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, advice to other Scholars, his role in the JKCSA, and what he’s up to these days. 

 What did receiving the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship do for you and how did it change your goals and aspirations?

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Higher Education Scholars, Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Association

Scholar Spotlight: Yasmine Arrington Defies Odds and Gives Back

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Nov 12, 2013 1:57:00 PM

We were thrilled to read today's profile on Jack Kent Cooke Scholar and 2013 Matthew J. Quinn Prize recipient Yasmine Arrington on BlackGivesBack.com. Yasmine first joined the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation community as a Young Scholar and is now a College Scholar in her junior year at Elon University in North Carolina. The Washington DC native is the founder of ScholarCHIPS, which provides college scholarships to graduating high school seniors with a parent in prison. Yasmine has been recognized as an AXA National Achiever, an Abramson Foundation Scholar, a Washington Redskins College Success Foundation Leadership 1000 Scholar, a 2012 BET Black Girls Rock M.A.D. (Making a Difference) Girl, and a Linowes Leadership “Unsung Heroes Award” Youth Recipient. 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Scholar News, College Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Quinn Prize, Scholar accomplishment

Scholar Spotlight: Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Isa Adney

Posted by Heather Reams on Sep 17, 2013 5:54:00 PM

Before becoming a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, Isa Adney could not see past community college. No one in her family had earned a bachelor’s degree; none of her grandparents completed school past the fourth grade. “I chose community college because it was all I could afford. I aspired to be a high school English teacher.”

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Higher Education Scholars, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Transfer students, Scholar accomplishment

Scholars Weekend 2013 Recap

Posted by Heather Reams on Aug 12, 2013 5:21:00 PM

The 12th annual Scholars Weekend took place from August 1 to August 4, 2013, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. More than 420 scholars from all over the world attended this year’s event. There were Scholars from 42 states plus Washington, DC, as well as Scholars from six different countries. The farthest Scholar came all the way from Moscow, Russia—4,850 miles away! The weekend gave Scholars the chance to catch up with old friends, meet new Scholars, continue to learn about the programs of the Foundation, and of course, have some fun.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, Young Scholars, Scholars Weekend

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