Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

76 College Graduates to Continue Studies Thanks to Scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


 

FOUNDATION RECOGNIZES ABILITY AND FINANCIAL NEED IN RECIPIENTS CHOSEN
AFTER NATIONWIDE COMPETITION AMONG 1,290 NOMINEES

LANSDOWNE, VA: As the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards its 500th scholarship in its first five years, it is changing the lives of a select group of graduate and professional students with scholarships which recognize that academic excellence and financial need often go together. The 76 new recipients of the Foundation's graduate and professional scholarships were chosen after a nationwide selection process that drew 1,290 nominees from more than 600 colleges and universities across the country. Each scholarship is worth up to $300,000, which is among the largest scholarships offered in the United States.

"Support for exceptional students, particularly those with financial need and a great drive to succeed, can have a profoundly positive effect on society," said Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, executive director of the Foundation. "These students have overcome tremendous obstacles, and we are proud to help them continue their education and prepare to make valuable contributions to our world."

Students attending any accredited college or university in the US were eligible. Each institution could nominate up to two students. Candidates then underwent a rigorous assessment at two stages by independent panels of academic experts, including graduate school deans, admissions counselors, and faculty. The selection criteria included academic achievement and financial need as well as a will to succeed, leadership, and community involvement.

Six colleges had more than one student receive a scholarship: Brown University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of California-Los Angeles, University of Notre Dame, and Yale University. More than 15 recipients had come up through community college. The 76 students, who are all listed below, plan to attend schools across the US and world, including 11 heading to Harvard University; four each to attend Columbia, Stanford, and Oxford; and three to the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professor Laurie Kohn of the Georgetown University Law Center, who served as a panelist, said, "The recipients of scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, whose standards are exceptionally high, exemplify qualities we all admire, particularly that unique combination of ability and drive that sets some people apart. What the Rhodes Scholarship is to overseas study, the Jack Kent Cooke awards are rapidly becoming to the best students in America who have financial need."

Through the scholarships, the Foundation aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome one of the biggest challenges to their careers - the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The value and duration of each scholarship, which can total as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years, varies based on the cost of attendance or other grants each student receives.

The recipients will pursue graduate and professional study in a range of fields, including philosophy, painting, medicine, business, law, and architecture, as well as other specialties in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. These 76 recipients include the 10 recipients in the fine and performing arts that the Foundation announced last week.

The new Jack Kent Cooke Scholars include

  • W. Patrick Connelly, a graduate of West Point who was recently stationed in Iraq and will now pursue dual master's degrees in public policy and business at Harvard.
     
  • Yasmeen Hossain, an immigrant from Switzerland who, since the December 2004 tsunami, has served on relief efforts in Bangladesh and will also attend Harvard, to pursue a master's degree in environmental science.
     
  • Stephanie Kovacs, who has spinal muscular atrophy, began college at age 16, was appointed by Florida's governor to serve on the state's disabilities council, and will now pursue a master's in clinical psychology at the University of West Florida.

With these scholarships, the Foundation has awarded more than 500 scholarships, including 209 graduate scholarships. Founded in 2000, the Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. Besides scholarships for students attending graduate and professional school, the Foundation offers scholarships for students from community colleges who want to earn four-year degrees, scholarships to help high-achieving youth develop their talents and abilities throughout high school, and grants designed to increase educational access for outstanding students with financial need. For more information, visit www.jkcf.org

2005 RECIPIENTS
JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Mohamed Abdihalim
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Graduate School Plans: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Lillian Azevedo-Grout
Hometown: Sale, Cheshire, England 
Undergraduate School: University of the South
Graduate School Plans: University of Southampton (UK)

Fernando Balderrama
Hometown: Washington, DC
Undergraduate School: University of Maryland
Graduate School Plans: London School of Economics and Political Science

Sheila Berry
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Natalie Black
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Undergraduate School: University of Nebraska
Graduate School Plans: University of Nebraska

Katherine Blair
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergraduate School: University of Central Florida
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Emil Bove III
Hometown: Seneca Falls, NY
Undergraduate School: State University of New York-Albany
Graduate School Plans: Georgetown University

Brian Brush
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Undergraduate School: Montana State University
Graduate School Plans: Montana State University

Andrew Burk
Hometown: Wheelersburg, OH
Undergraduate School: Marshall University
Graduate School Plans: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Corey Chapman
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California-Los Angeles
Graduate School Plans: New York University

Rocky Chavez
Hometown: San Rafael, CA
Undergraduate School: Dominican University of California
Graduate School Plans: University of California-San Diego

Christina Cipriano
Hometown: Holtsville, NY
Undergraduate School: Hofstra University
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Claire Clelland
Hometown: Gold Hill, OR
Undergraduate School: University of Portland
Graduate School Plans: University of California-San Diego

W. Patrick Connelly
Hometown: Austin, TX
Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Anna Corey
Hometown: Beaver Dam, WI
Undergraduate School: Lawrence University
Graduate School Plans: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Marissa Courey
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate School Plans: London School of Economics and Political Science

Alison D'Amato
Hometown: Haverford, PA
Undergraduate School: Haverford College
Graduate School Plans: Laban Centre (London)

Marcia Donovan-Demers
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, FL
Undergraduate School: Nova Southeastern University
Graduate School Plans: Nova Southeastern University

Brandon Fenley
Hometown: Frankfort, KY
Undergraduate School: University of Kentucky
Graduate School Plans: Georgetown University

Hart Feuer
Hometown: Portland, OR
Undergraduate School: Lafayette College
Graduate School Plans: Oxford University

Marleny Franco
Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Graduate School Plans: Case Western Reserve University

Daniel Gil-Marca
Hometown: Redlands, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California-Riverside
Graduate School Plans: University of Rochester

Matthew Grierson
Hometown: Murphy, TX
Undergraduate Schools: University of Utah
Graduate School Plans: Boston University

Marciano Guttierez
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Undergraduate School: California State University-
Fresno
Graduate School Plans: Stanford University

Mohamad Halawi
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate School: University of Houston
Graduate School Plans: Duke University

Magni Hamso
Hometown: Bethesda, MD 
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Graduate School Plans: Columbia University

Yasmeen Hossain
Hometown: Ashburn, VA
Undergraduate School: Alliant International University
Graduate School Plans: London School of Economics and Political Science


Timothy Hurley
Hometown: Clinton, MS
Undergraduate School: Vanderbilt University
Graduate School Plans: Stanford University

Sonia Ignatova
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Undergraduate School: Middlebury College
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Lars Henrick Jan
Hometown: Marshfield, MA
Undergraduate School: Swarthmore College
Graduate School Plans: California Institute of the Arts

Qing Jiang
Hometown: Zhenjiang, China
Undergraduate School: Arizona State University
Graduate School Plans: Juilliard School

Sarah Jordahl
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Undergraduate School: Marymount University
Graduate School Plans: Maryland Institute College of Art

Rusudan Kambarashvili
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Undergraduate School: Harding University
Graduate School Plans: University of Kentucky

Nanor Kenderian
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Undergraduate School: Fordham University
Graduate School Plans: University of Oxford (UK)

Prema Kesselman
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Undergraduate School: Temple University
Graduate School Plans: Trinity College of Music (London)

Khattaab Khan
Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California-Los Angeles
Graduate School Plans: University of Cambridge (UK)

Alethea Kimmel-Guy
Hometown: South Euclid, OH
Undergraduate School: Ohio University
Graduate School Plans: University College London and Arizona State University

Janelle Knox
Hometown: Dolores, CO
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado 
Graduate School Plans: University of Oxford

Stephanie Kovacs
Hometown: Pace, FL
Undergraduate School: University of West Florida
Graduate School Plans: University of West Florida

Glenn Lacki
Hometown: Seven Hills, OH
Undergraduate School: Oberlin College
Graduate School Plans: University of Oxford (UK)

Lori Langdon
Hometown: Spring, TX
Undergraduate School: Sam Houston State University
Graduate School Plans: Sam Houston State University

Jessica Lipschultz
Hometown: Boise, ID
Undergraduate School: University of Idaho
Graduate School Plans: Stanford University

Catherine Luepkes
Hometown: Racine, WI
Undergraduate School: Winthrop University
Graduate School Plans: University of Edinburgh (UK)

Benjamin Marcovitz
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Suzanne Martin
Hometown: Lewisburg, WV
Undergraduate School: Warren Wilson College
Graduate School Plans: Shenandoah University

Harun Mehmedinovic
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Undergraduate School: University of California-Los Angeles
Graduate School Plans: The American Film Institute Conservatory

Maria Claudia Melniciuc
Hometown: Arad, Romania
Undergraduate School: Colgate University
Graduate School Plans: Yale University

Farhan Merali
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Undergraduate School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Jeffrey Mark Miller
Hometown: Scottsville, AZ
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University and Stanford University

Jina Moore
Hometown: Triadelphia, WV
Undergraduate School: Boston University
Graduate School Plans: Columbia University

Amy Myers
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Undergraduate School: Coe College
Graduate School Plans: University of Arizona

Alissa Jones Nelson
Hometown: Arvada, CO
Undergraduate School: Azusa Pacific University
Graduate School Plans: University of St. Andrews

Eric Nana Otoo
Hometown: North Hollywood, CA 
Undergraduate School: Grinnell College
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Erin Ann Palm
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Graduate School Plans: Stanford University

Matteo Pangallo
Hometown: Salem, MA
Undergraduate School: Bates College
Graduate School Plans: King's College London

Sean Penwell
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Undergraduate School: New Mexico State University
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Alison Pflepsen
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Graduate School Plans: American University

Caitlin Polley
Hometown: Bethel Park, PA
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Graduate School Plans: University of Pennsylvania

Victoria Pustynsky
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate School: Reed College
Graduate School Plans: Cornell University

Matthew Ramsey
Hometown: Dexter, MO
Undergraduate School: New College of Florida
Graduate School Plans: Tulane University

Randall Regier
Hometown: Abilene, KS
Undergraduate School: Kansas State University
Graduate School Plans: Maine College of Art

April Ruiz
Hometown: Medford, NY
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Graduate School Plans: University of St. Andrews (UK)

Enrique Schaerer
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame
Graduate School Plans: Yale University

Michelle Shuff
Hometown: La Jolla, CA
Undergraduate School: University of California-San Diego
Graduate School Plans: University of California-San Francisco

Samata Singhi
Hometown: Chandigarh, India 
Undergraduate School: Albion College
Graduate School Plans: London School of Economics and Political Science and Case Western Reserve University

Nathan Stumpff
Hometown: Liberty, ME
Undergraduate School: Brown University
Graduate School Plans: Manhattan School of Music

Sean Talisman
Hometown: Mineola, NY 
Undergraduate School: CUNY Queens College
Graduate School Plans: Columbia University

Jordan Toone
Hometown: American Fork, UT
Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University
Graduate School Plans: University of Oxford (UK)

Jasmina Tumbas
Hometown: Maryville, TN
Undergraduate School: Maryville College
Graduate School Plans: Savannah College of Art and Design

Angela Wanak
Hometown: No. Mankato, MN
Undergraduate School: Valparaiso University
Graduate School Plans: Willamette University

Arthur Robinson Williams
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Undergraduate School: Princeton University
Graduate School Plans: University of Pennsylvania

Rebecca Williford
Hometown: Rocky Mount, NC
Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Graduate School Plans: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Kyle Wyatt
Hometown: Albion, NE
Undergraduate School: University of Nebraska
Graduate School Plans: University of Toronto

Valon Xharra
Hometown: Prishtina, Kosovo
Undergraduate School: Bard College
Graduate School Plans: Columbia University

Alexandra Zaleta
Hometown: Newtown, CT
Undergraduate School: Vassar College
Graduate School Plans: Harvard University

Rebecca Zilinski
Hometown: New Paltz, NY
Undergraduate School: State University of New York-New Paltz
Graduate School Plans: School of Visual Arts 

 

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