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Foundation Announces 2010 College Scholarship Recipients


 

Phase II of the ‘Young Scholar’ Journey Begins This Fall
39 Highly Motivated Students ‘Movin’ On Up’ From High School to College
 
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards Scholarships to the Best and Brightest with Financial Need
 
“My parents taught me to always try my hardest in everything I do, but more importantly, they have taught me to understand that failures do happen, and when they do, it is best to learn from your mistakes and move on with your life.”Stanley Yuan, Arcadia, CA
 
“I am obsessed with the question of why. Why has taught me more about the world than any amount of classroom hours ever could. Why has allowed me to expand my horizons and education beyond my own life experiences.” Amanda Hall, Farmington, ME
 
Lansdowne, VA – Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Cornell top the list of where some of the 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars will begin their academic careers this September. The Foundation announced today the names of the 39 recipients of the  fifth annual scholarship program, one of the most generous in the nation. 
 
The members of the 2010 class of College Scholars have known each other for over five years now, having been selected as members of the Foundation’s Young Scholars program while they were in eighth grade. The college scholarships represent the second phase of their relationship with the Foundation which will provide support to these students for as long as 14 years (from high school, to college, to graduate school).
 
They come from 19 states and the District of Columbia (full list below). Some grew up in big cities and some in hamlets so small Google Maps needs to work overtime to find the community. Some are athletes, some are musicians, some are artists, and some are bookworms. . They are from various racial, ethnic and religious groups. Most were born in the United States but three came here at a very early age from other countries.
 
The 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars are as different as night and day, but they are the same in that they share the common bond; all are high-achieving students who have had to overcome economic and in some cases personal adversity to succeed. Every one of them also shares a deep and abiding passion for community service, something the Foundation strongly supports.
 
“Since they were in junior high, the Foundation has been working with these young people to nurture their talents and help them identify and develop what they most want to accomplish in their lives,” said Dr. Lawrence Kutner, the Foundation’s executive director. “They are our All-Americans and we are proud to continue to aid their journey through college and eventually to graduate school.”
 
The students will receive scholarships of up to $30,000 per year for the next four years.
 
The Young Scholars program itself is growing more competitive each year. The Foundation annually receives applications from over 1,000 junior high school students nationwide. The program provides the most personalized, generous high school scholarship experience in the United States.
 
The 2010 College Scholars have each distinguished themselves in and out of the classroom. For example:
 
  • Bo Ra Kim of Okemos, MI was the principal soloist when her school’s chamber orchestra performed for President and Mrs. Obama at the 2009 White House Christmas Concert.
 
  • Edith Benavides of Mission, TX founded VAMOS!, a non-profit community service organization designed to help impoverished, inner-city children.
 
  • Steve Hussung of Jefferson City, TN, in his spare time helps to raise service dogs.
 
  • The State Assembly of California presented Elizabeth Simoens a ballerina from Los Angeles with a commendation for her dedication to the arts.
 
  • Tessa Seymour of San Francisco, an accomplished cellist performs concerts at Bay Area hospitals, nursing homes and elementary schools.
 
  • Yan Yan Hui was honored by the San Francisco Boys & Girls Club as the Volunteer of the Year for giving countless hours to teach youngsters how to swim.
 
  • Aubrey Higginson of Leesburg, VA is a dedicated volunteer at INOVA Loudoun Hospital. Using her people skills and knowledge of Spanish she works in the Patient Admission Office.
 
About the Foundation
 
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping young people of exception promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation provides challenging opportunities to high achievers from lower-income families through its Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.
 
2010 Scholarship Recipients Are:
 
Resides:  Washington, DC
Four Year College or University: Harvard College
 
Resides:  Belford, NJ
Four Year College or University: Harvard College
 
Resides:  Phoenix, AZ
Four Year College or University: Arizona State University
 
Resides:  Clifton, VA
Four Year College or University:  University of Virginia
 
Resides:  Tappahannock, VA
Four Year College or University:  Ursinus College
 
Resides:  Mission, TX
Four Year College or University: Harvard College
 
Resides: Braintree, MA
Four Year College or University: Amherst College
 
Resides: Elizabeth City, NC
Four Year College or University:  University of Chicago
 
Resides: Montpelier, VT
Four Year College or University: Tulane University
 
Resides:  Newtown, PA
Four Year College or University: Harvard College
 
Resides: Castleton, VA
Four Year College or University: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
 
Resides:  Morgantown, KY
Four Year College or University: Centre College
 
Resides: Bronx, NY
Four Year College or University:  Howard University
 
Resides:  Culver, IN
Four Year College or University: University of Vermont
 
Resides:  Bronx, NY
Four Year College or University:  Cornell University
 
Resides:  Vine Grove, KY
Four Year College or University:  University of San Diego
 
Resides:  Decatur, AL
Four Year College or University:  Bennington College
 
Resides:  Mechanicsville, VA
Four Year College or University: New York University
 
Resides:  Farmington, ME
Four Year College or University: Yale University
 
Resides:  Leesburg, VA
Four Year College or University: Carnegie Mellon University
 
Resides:  San Francisco, CA
Four Year College or University: University of California, San Diego
 
Resides:  Jefferson City, TN
Four Year College or University: Mercer University
 
Resides:  Smyrna, TN
Four Year College or University:  Princeton University
 
Resides:  Wallingford, CT
Four Year College or University: Bates College
 
Resides:  Boulder, CO
Four Year College or University:  Amherst College
 
Resides:  Spring, TX
Four Year College or University:  Vanderbilt University
 
Resides:  Berkley, MA
Four Year College or University:  Boston University
 
Resides:  Whitestone, NY
Four Year College or University:  State University of New York at Binghamton
 
Resides: Ann Arbor, MI
Four Year College or University: Calvin College
 
Resides:  Culver, IN
Four Year College or University: Tulane University
 
Resides:  Cathedral City, CA
Four Year College or University: Yale University
 
Resides:  Toms River, NJ
Four Year College or University:  Amherst College
 
Resides:  Marion, OH
Four Year College or University: Haverford College
 
Resides:  Cornelia, GA
Four Year College or University: Piedmont College
 
Resides:  Iowa City, IA
Four Year College or University: Brown University
 
Resides:  San Francisco, CA
Four Year College or University: Curtis Institute of Music
 
Resides: San Pedro, CA
Four Year College or University: Butler University
 
Resides:  Chattaroy, WA
Four Year College or University: University of Oregon
 
Resides: Arcadia, CA
Four Year College or University: Princeton University
 

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