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Reflecting on 2016 and the Challenges Ahead

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 18, 2017 1:07:12 PM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enters our 17th year more dedicated than ever to creating opportunities for talented students with financial need.

As we do so, it is helpful to reflect on some of the recent accomplishments we will continue to build upon. Here are 10 endeavors pursued by the Cooke Foundation in 2016:

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Topics: Scholars, Event, grants, alumni

Making an Impact: Cooke Scholar Ethan Ambrose

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 23, 2016 12:32:29 PM

Ethan proved that he could think big, work hard, and achieve during his high school years. After being awarded the Cooke College Scholarship earlier this year, he continues to apply that determination to his neurobiology studies at Harvard University.

"I want to be the sort of doctor that looks to make healthcare accessible for all," says Ethan. "I realize that there's so many inequities ... leveling that playing field is something that I definitely want to do."

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, Scholarship Recipients

Making Global Connections: Santiago Tobar Potes

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 8, 2016 2:50:39 PM

Cooke Scholar Santiago Tobar 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

Highlights from our 2016 Cooke Alumni Summit

Posted by Larry Thi on Nov 3, 2016 2:34:09 PM

In October, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation hosted 95 Cooke Scholar Alumni at our biennial alumni summit in San Francisco. The group showed up to the event ready to reconnect with their fellow scholars and participate in various sessions centered on the theme of "Connecting Vision & Action".

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Topics: Scholars, Event, alumni

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

Cooke Scholar Sunpreet Singh on Thinking Big

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 1, 2016 9:43:02 AM

Sunpreet has begun his studies at Dartmouth College with some major ambitions in mind: he hopes to become a politician on the global stage. And his chosen major covers an even greater territory.

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College Scholar

Cooke Scholar Kate Hegay: From Uzbekistan to Refugee Advocate

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 26, 2016 12:21:30 PM

Kate Hegay was just five when she left Uzbekistan to live in the United States. Her experiences have shaped her passions and career goals:

“It's really ambitious, but I'd like to work at the United Nations." Kate is particularly interested in United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College Scholar

Rubik's Cube Maven, Cooke Scholar, and Future Pediatrician

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 21, 2016 9:47:14 AM

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.

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

Cooke Scholar Pursues Dual Passions: Cello Performance and Pre-Med

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 17, 2016 4:16:15 PM

Music and medicine have both been interwoven cornerstones in Mardochee Dade's life. 

In an interview with The Morning Call earlier this year, Mardochee stated: "Music doesn't have a color. It doesn't have any walls or boundaries. It's about intermingling and exploration and creating something new. And the cello is an instrument that is open to all genres. It creates this feeling that I can't describe. It gives me chills."

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, College 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

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