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Cooke Foundation Awards 55 Top Community College Students Transfer Scholarships

April 21, 2017 12:40 PM

Friday, April 21, 2017
Media Contact: Amber Styles

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships worth up to $40,000 annually to 55 outstanding community college students with financial need from 19 states who are transferring to four-year colleges and universities.

A list of the scholars by state – including the community colleges they attended can be found here.

Nearly 3,000 community college students applied for the 2017 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is the largest scholarship in the U.S. solely aimed at community college students seeking to transfer to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees.

“Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a proven record of accomplishment at elite colleges and universities and have gone on to successful careers in many professions,” Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “This is among the most prestigious scholarships in the country and we are extremely proud of the talented students who have been selected.”

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship funds the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, each scholar may be eligible to apply for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

The new Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have strong records of achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, “nearly half of all undergraduates in the United States attend community colleges,” amounting to 12.3 million students.


The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

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