Sixty High School Seniors Awarded the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship

The 2022 Cooke College Scholars celebrate together at Scholars Weekend last year.

Lansdowne, VA — Today, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that 60 graduating high school seniors will receive the Cooke College Scholarship. This year’s recipients will receive up to $55,000 annually to cover the costs of their undergraduate education, as they go on to attend the nation’s top colleges and universities next fall.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program seeks to help high-achieving students with financial need earn a college degree. In addition to substantial financial support, Scholars also receive ongoing academic coaching and advising, graduate school and career advising, and access to a network of thriving and motivated peers in the Cooke Scholar community. Scholars will also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.

“This year’s College Scholarship applicants are full of potential and determination,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We congratulate them and look forward to seeing how the next steps in their educational journeys unfold.”

This year, students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship from all 50 states, as well as Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands. The Foundation evaluated each submission, and selected Scholars based on their academic ability, persistence, leadership, and financial need. Scholars will go on to study in fields such as biological science, engineering, computer science, fine arts, and political science.

These 60 Scholars join the 45 current Cooke Young Scholars selected earlier in March to continue to receive the organization’s support. Together, both groups form the 2023 cohort of 105 Cooke College Scholars. A full list of the 2023 Cooke College Scholars, including the high schools and states they represent, can be found below.



Jubilee Forbess* – Jessieville High School
Sydney Massey – eStem High Public Charter School


Juan Irigoyen Castillo – Trevor G Browne High School
Sarah Ramos-Gonzalez – North High School


Emily Amador* – Stevenson School
Isabella Caltitla* – Synergy Quantum Academy
Julian Harrison* – Polytechnic School
Mariam Karapetyan – Clark Magnet High School
Christine Lee* – Phillips Academy
Camila Marmolejo Muriel – Southwest High School
Johnny Ni – Troy High School
Annabelle Raley* – Design Science High School
Tuvana Soronzonbold – Mission High School
Michelle To* – Proof School


Austin Brubaker – Silver Creek High School
Yari Sissoko – George Washington High School


Isabelle Bruening – Cab Calloway School of the Arts High School

District of Columbia

Art Keys* – Landon School


Stephanie Acosta – School for Advanced Studies – South
Ron Alvarez* – Doral Academy Charter High School
Raul Campos Vellon – School for Advanced Studies – South
Ben Cherek* – Pensacola High School
Zachary Hessler* – Vero Beach High School
Matthew Nunez* – South Fork High School
Alejandra Ramos* – Lely High School
Pepper Rhodes* – Cypress Lake High School
Jeffrey Rou – Belleview High School
Isabella Socci – C Leon King High School
Om Taropawala* – Windermere Preparatory School


Omar Dixon Jr – Paulding County High School
Endy Huynh – Morrow High School
Bishop Jackson* – Thomas County Central High School
Hassan Khan – Gainesville High School
Addison Payne* – Darlington School


Andrea Arce – Evanston Township High School
Amal Diabor – Loyola Academy
Jesus Fileto – Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Nichelas Jaxen – Walter Payton College Preparatory High School


Corrine Claire Calapan – South Adams High School


Leslie Bravo – Wichita High School Northwest
Carson Phelps-Giese* – Wichita Collegiate School


Eric Chenou – Frederick Douglass High School
Heng Yang – Conner Senior High School


Melissa Hernandez – Patrick F Taylor Science and Technology Academy


Chris Gomez* – Phillips Academy
Dennis Losett* – Milton Academy


Samuel Birru – Springbrook High School
Nathan Cho* – Montgomery Blair High School
Ashley Huynh – Watkins Mill High School
Kellsie Lewis* – Bryn Mawr School
Demetrius Profic – Dulaney High School


Tanya Brown – Renaissance High School
Gio Gioiosa – Three Rivers High School


Angela Nguyen – Harding High School
Christine Song* – Mayo High School


Emma Helmert – Gulfport High School


Pablo Macias Lopez – Legacy High School

New Hampshire

Ashton Szarnicki* – Phillips Exeter Academy

New Jersey

Jeremias Castillo – Technology High School
Isabel Gray* – Lawrenceville School

New Mexico

Rheannon Abeyta – Santa Fe Indian School
Weston Keller* – Santa Fe Preparatory School

New York

Archi Dasgupta – Manhattan Hunter College – High School of Science
Fabriciana De Soriano* – Indiana University High School
Faiyaz Hasan – Brooklyn Technical High School
Omosefe Noruwa – Curtis High School
Jerson Yang – Baruch College Campus High School

North Carolina

Liz Atem* – Asheville School
Angela Capawana – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Tina Chen – Rocky Mount High School
Leya Dereje* – East Mecklenburg High School
Nathanael Heath – Cross Creek Early College High School
Brooke Mahany* – Onslow Early College High School
Shelby Parker* – Dalton L McMichael High School
Donnie Wilkie* – North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics


Maya Feron* – Wellington Senior High School
Jesus Flores Morales – Thomas W Harvey High School
Abir Ludwig – Dublin Scioto High School
Kaydence Morris – Talawanda High School


Lindsay Flores – Western Heights High School
Christy Guan* – The Hockaday School
Amy Ha – Mustang High School


Duy Nguyen – David Douglas High School
Nghi Nguyen – Franklin High School


Calder Burke* – J R Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
Nhi Lang – Upper Darby High School

Puerto Rico

Carlos Abudo Maldonado* – Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola

Rhode Island

Ramona Foley* – Lincoln School

South Carolina

Catarina Neves Costa* – James F Byrnes High School
Xander Widener* – Cardinal Newman High School


Matthew Mueller* – Ravenwood High School
Alisyn Parfait* – Webb School
Seth Robles – Clarksville High School
Maurquez Thompson – Brainerd High School


Carla Andazola Villela – Early College High School
Matthew Barnett* – Richland High School
Francisco Chavez – Charles H Milby High School
Gerardo Gonzalez Guerrero* – Rains High School
Yani Lee – Deer Park High School South Campus
Topher Malone – Round Rock Early College High School


Kyle Anderson* – Riverton High School


Lara Mohamed – Washington-Liberty High School
Solo Mthethwa – Orange County High School
Aliyah Oakley* – Granby High School


Rahma Gaye – Capital High School

*Indicates that this student is also a current Cooke Young Scholar.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded almost $250 million in scholarships to nearly 3,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $125 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

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