Cooke Foundation Awards 55 Top Community College Students Transfer Scholarships

Blog-NOVA-Who-Hoo.jpgThis year nearly 3,000 community college students applied for the 2017 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, and after reviewing thousands of excellent applications, we are happy to award 55 scholarships to some of the nation’s top performing community college students.

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have strong records of achievement and success, as proven by their GPA, service to others, leadership skills, awards, and their ability to perservere in the face of adversity and financial hardship.The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is one of the largest scholarships in the nation, designed to propel high-acheiving students at community colleges to four-year colleges and universities. The scholarship funds the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, provides academic advising, stipends for internships and study abroad, and also grants recipients many opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Scholars have up to three years to complete their bachelor’s degree and once completed, scholars may be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

“Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a proven record of accomplishment at elite colleges and universities and have gone on to successful careers in many professions,” Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “This is among the most prestigious scholarships in the country and we are extremely proud of the talented students who have been selected.”

Please join us in welcoming our 2017 cohort of Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars!


Matthew Jernstedt – Phoenix College


Christopher Fabbri – Los Medanos College

Farshud Sorourifar – MiraCosta College

Ishak Mahamoud – San Diego Miramar College

Marcela Rodrigues Guimaraes – City College of San Francisco

Omer Azizi – MiraCosta College

Sasha Graham-Croner – Contra Costa College

Vanessa Nava – Santa Rosa Junior College

Vanessa Reynolds – MiraCosta College

William Russell – College of the Sequoias


Adrian Vicente La Lande – Hillsborough Community College

Cathryn Kandle – Seminole State College of Florida

Gustavo Diaz Galeas – Seminole State College of Florida

Reynier Montalvan – Miami Dade College

Leonardo Dulanto Falcon – Hillsborough Community College

Marshelle Davis – Palm Beach State College

Quratulain Amin – Broward College

Tanzina Chowdhury – Palm Beach State College

Yanelle Cruz – Broward College


Colton Smith – Georgia Perimeter College

Michael Bradford – Gwinnett Technical College


Dominique Tuszynski – Oakton Community College

Eyleen Gramajo – Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago

Syed Muhammad Wali Rizvi – William Rainey Harper College


Rashida Anderson-Abdullah – Des Moines Area Community College


Khanh Huynh – Hagerstown Community College


Kiana Estime – Holyoke Community College

Samueal Lema – Bristol Community College

Sondos Alnamos – Bunker Hill Community College


Elis Sholla – Schoolcraft College


Sheena Jimmick – Normandale Community College


Rachael Carraro – Pearl River Community College

New Jersey

Daniela Liberato – Bergen Community College

Egnatia Nadia Vaso – Bergen Community College

Esdras Malbranche – Essex County College

New York

Cassandra Domingo – SUNY Broome Community College

Gene Steinberg – Rockland Community College

John Johnson – CUNY Kingsborough Community College

Jonathan Morales – CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Konstandinos Gobakis – CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Miguel Castillo – CUNY LaGuardia Community College

Norbesida Bagabila – CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College

Tao Hong – CUNY Queensborough Community College

North Carolina

Mark Rubianes – Blue Ridge Community College

Ryan Booth – Gaston College


Ernestina Schirmer – Cincinnati State Technical and Community College


Jennifer Myers – Community College of Philadelphia


Jean-Christian Guiton – North Lake College

Manav Lamichhane – Tarrant County College District

Matthew Ramsdal – Lone Star College System

Raabia Badat – Lone Star College System


Amanullah Waheed – Northern Virginia Community College

Gina Edwards – Piedmont Virginia Community College

Martha Gizaw – Northern Virginia Community College


Tiffany Carpenter – North Seattle College