Community Colleges Surprise New 2021 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars

Spring is one of the best times of the year at the Cooke Foundation because new Scholars are selected and amazing students get to see all of their hard work pay off as they prepare to start at selective colleges and universities. For Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars, some community college faculty participate in breaking the exciting news by conducting surprise announcements. This year, even though the pandemic made in-person surprises difficult, many schools still managed to make the announcement special with surprise video conferences from community college leadership and faculty.

Read about Estafano Reyes, Kalid Gawon, Diana Gonzalez, and Laura Santos here and watch them receive the news virtually:

Zilla Tofte of LaGuardia Community College was all smiles when she got the news during a surprise Zoom event. Read her story here.



Ho Yan Yip, Yasmin Mata, and Janelle Ariel Chan of East Los Angeles College got to celebrate with classmates and faculty via Zoom as well (watch below).


And new Cooke Transfer Scholar Amira Cooper of Howard Community College said she’s still processing the amazing news in the video below. Amira has always been told she would make a great teacher, and now she has Cooke Foundation support to pursue her dream at University of Maryland Baltimore County next year.


For more coverage on the 2021 Cooke Transfer Scholars, follow the Foundation on Twitter – @TheJKCF.