Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Sixty Scholars Receive Coveted Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Worth $30,000


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 AjangJon Alexander,Jessica AlvarezCarla Alvarez-ValverdeAli BacharouchMarybeth BanksCassandra Bazile,Jacob Bean, Billie Jo BeaudryCarlos BiaouCharles BilyueRonald BrayDessi CarbajalMiguel CarreonMichael Cash,Maria Chapado, Jamie CookDavid CorganChon DolanAdam EideMostafa Elkohil, Lesli FloresLorissa Garcia,Timothy GauraAnna GrovesShelby HarveyAbdirisak HusseinMonika JonuskeviciuteTherese Kobanghe-Langazo,Thanhphuong Le, James LescoDavid Liendro-UrionaLarry Liu, Thuy Vy LuuMonique MadanKristina MaddenAnmol ManchalaRenata MartinEmanuel MartinezGabriela MaurierLuis MendezNguyen NguyenKelli NiemeyerTabeth NkangohSamuel OffeiKristen O’Mara,Joseph O’NeillTung PhanSatcha RobinsonEsteban RoncancioMatthew Seats,Ana Soto-Lara, Joseph StacyRyan StiversKadiata SyCamille TheriaqueAdrian Tovias, Huong VuCameron Woolley,Jieying Wu


About Us

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.






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