We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group.
My name is Karen Cruz, and I am twenty-two years old. I was born and raised in Mexico until I moved to the United States at the age of eight. In 7th grade, I took the SAT as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and later that year I became a Young Scholar at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. I attended Greenhill School and went on to Yale University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health in 2015. While at Yale, I was also an Italian major, a cheerleader, a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity, and a medical interpreter at the Haven Free Clinic. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America, and I currently teach Physics and Environmental Systems at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, Texas.