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Semifinalists for Nation’s Largest Transfer Scholarship Announced

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 12, 2017 2:48:13 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 597 top community college students from across the nation as semifinalists to compete for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide up to 60 low-income students with as much as $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholarship Announcement, Community college

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

Secretary of Education John King Speaks to Cooke Scholars

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 4, 2016 2:24:01 PM

Each summer, our new and returning scholarship recipients gather near the foundation's Virginia headquarters for Scholars Weekend. We were honored to have Secretary of Education John King deliver this year's keynote address celebrating the leadership of this talented and high-achieving community.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, College Scholarship, Scholars Weekend, Video, Event

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

August 26: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 26, 2016 1:42:33 PM

August 26, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Public schools face mixed approval ratings in national polls, as well as criticism for segregation. And facing rising college tuition and decreasing income, many students are on the move.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, college cost

Students Can Apply for Largest Community College Transfer Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 25, 2016 12:24:55 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Outstanding community college students with financial need who want to transfer to four-year colleges or universities have until noon ET Oct. 25 to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 per year.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Media Release, Community college, Transfer students

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