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Contact: Dana O’Neill, Higher Education
703-723-8000 ext. 219
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2012
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipients
LANSDOWNE, VA – Kristen O’Mara led NASA’s only Student Flight Program made up of community college students. Kelli Niemeyer was a member of an undergraduate research group studying the prevalence of the West Nile Virus in Wyoming. Matthew Seats turned his love of the outdoors into a business and now operates multiple outdoor adventure groups. They are three of the 60 recipients of this year’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship who this fall will continue their educations at some of the most prestigious universities in the country--from Columbia to Cornell and Brown.
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship enables the best community college students in the nation, who have significant financial need, to complete their bachelor's degrees at some of the best four-year colleges and universities. It is worth up to $30,000 annually, per student, for up to three years. With only 60 coveted spots, this year the competition was intense. “These were the most competitive few years we’ve had for these scholarships,” said Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D., executive director of the foundation. “This year we had nearly 800 applicants from community colleges in 20 states.”
For the past eleven years, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has supported the futures of over 1,300 scholars with almost $150 million and has positioned itself as a leader in the education community, supporting institutions and organizations with $81 million in grants to date.
2012 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipients
Amou Ajang, Jon Alexander,Jessica Alvarez, Carla Alvarez-Valverde, Ali Bacharouch, Marybeth Banks, Cassandra Bazile, Jacob Bean, Billie Jo Beaudry, Carlos Biaou, Charles Bilyue, Ronald Bray, Dessi Carbajal, Miguel Carreon, Michael Cash, Maria Chapado, Jamie Cook, David Corgan, Chon Dolan, Adam Eide, Mostafa Elkohil, Lesli Flores, Lorissa Garcia, Timothy Gaura, Anna Groves, Shelby Harvey, Abdirisak Hussein, Monika Jonuskeviciute, Therese Kobanghe-Langazo, Thanhphuong Le, James Lesco, David Liendro-Uriona, Larry Liu, Thuy Vy Luu, Monique Madan, Kristina Madden, Anmol Manchala, Renata Martin, Emanuel Martinez, Gabriela Maurier, Luis Mendez, Nguyen Nguyen, Kelli Niemeyer, Tabeth Nkangoh, Samuel Offei, Kristen O’Mara,Joseph O’Neill, Tung Phan, Satcha Robinson, Esteban Roncancio, Matthew Seats, Ana Soto-Lara, Joseph Stacy, Ryan Stivers, Kadiata Sy, Camille Theriaque, Adrian Tovias, Huong Vu, Cameron Woolley, Jieying Wu
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent non-profit established in 2000 by Jack Kent Cooke, to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Our programs include the largest private scholarships in the US for students transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions, as well as generous scholarships for students in high school, college and graduate school, and grants to organizations that serve high achieving students with financial need.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Advancing the Education Of Exceptionally Promising Students Who Have Financial Need
44325 Woodridge Parkway Lansdowne, VA 20176 Phone: 703-723-8000 ~ http://www.jkcf.org