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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

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

Navy Veteran Joshua DuFault Uses Cooke Scholarship to Attend Stanford

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 28, 2016 12:58:58 PM

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."

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Community college, Video

How One Undocumented Student Went from Community College to Georgetown

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 21, 2016 9:33:01 AM

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”.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

Engineering Her Future: Cooke Scholar Katya Echazarreta

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 14, 2016 4:45:39 PM

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.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

From Community College to Georgetown University: Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe

Posted by Christine Florence on Sep 8, 2016 1:46:21 PM

Born in Ghana, Derrick Arthur-Cudjoe’s educational journey has been a long and fulfilling one. Derrick has gone from teaching himself the alphabet and math to graduating summa cum laude from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate’s degree in computer science.

This May, Derrick received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship which will allow him to attend Georgetown University to pursue his passion as he begins pre-med studies. “I always wanted to help people in isolated communities and improve the quality of their healthcare.”

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

Cooke Scholar Valentina d'Empaire Urges Students to Apply

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 31, 2016 12:30:16 PM

Valentina d'Empaire is beginning her junior year at Johns Hopkins University. Last year at this time, she was going back to school at the Honors College at Miami Dade College. Receiving our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship allowed Valentina to transfer from community college to an elite four-year school without financial restraints.

Valentina says that being a Cooke Scholar has value beyond the $40,000 per year to complete her undergraduate degree. "It means being part of a community ... of people from around the globe and from different cities, from different countries."

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Community college, Video

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

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 Scholar Gabby Nicholas on Mentorship, College Access and Success

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 5, 2016 3:25:53 PM

Cooke Scholar Gabriella (Gabby) Nicholas received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2014, after completing a two-year degree at Seminole State College of Florida. Now a recent graduate of the University of Florida, Gabby reflects on how new interests and experiences challenged her to reconsider her career goals.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Transfer students, career advice

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