The Best Moments of Scholars Weekend 2015
In the last weekend of July, over 400 Cooke Scholars gather to share their stories and connect with educational leaders for workshops, peer networking, and learning to make the most of the collegiate experience. Scholars Weekend is a four-day event hosted annually by the Cooke Foundation to provide tools that will enable our scholars to transition to the next phase of their education or careers. Our newly selected and our ready-to-graduate scholarship recipients also enjoy being able to build a strong community of support for one another.
This year’s event included inspiration from Colin Powell, Arne Duncan, Michelle Obama, and our amazing scholars themselves! We revisited some of their favorite memories and insights shared live on social media. Here is a recap of the most amazing moments:
That moment when @arneduncan shows up to your scholarship’s annual conference. #JKCFSW15 #Cooke15 pic.twitter.com/WH561iuo09
— Daniel Leon-Davis (@LeonXDavis) July 30, 2015
Scholars Weekend got off to a fantastic start yesterday, which was capped by a visit from Secretary Arne Duncan from @usedgov. Today has been remarkable as well, so check out this and our event account (@jkcfsw) to keep up with the fun! #JKCF #JKCFSW15 #Cooke15 #JKCScholars #JKCAlum #ArneDuncan #thinkbig #workhard #achieve
After Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s inspiring words to welcome Cooke Scholars the previous evening, day two of Scholars Weekend was full of exciting workshops with more educational leaders. Activities concluded with a banquet dinner featuring a keynote address from General Colin Powell.
@thejkcf Young Scholars, cohort 11, looking great. #JKCFSW15
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“Be your own role model…set your own standards.” #wordstoliveby #ColinPowell #jkcfsw15 #thinkbig
— Kathryn Hendrix (@KatWithAFace) August 1, 2015
A great speech. Inspiring, funny, amazing. #JKCFSW15 @TheJKCF pic.twitter.com/LS0cQatU0r
— Heather Lewis (@SciFunChic) August 1, 2015
#squad #jkcfsw15 #latergram pic.twitter.com/9slKtl29jB
— Hannah (@hkang06) August 1, 2015
During day three, Cooke Scholars hosted a talent show and heard from more engaging leaders, including Maya Ajmera from the Society for Science & the Public and a special recorded message from First Lady Michelle Obama!
@HOLevy – blending in! #fullparticipation #JKCFSW15 pic.twitter.com/hQwApnn64V
— Candie Solis (@scholar_dulce) August 1, 2015
. @TheJKCF scholars from all walks of life shared their moments of obligation today. So inspired! #JKCFSW15
— Maya Ajmera (@MayaAjmera) August 1, 2015
Jack Kent Cooke. Happy times and all the good connections! #jkcfsw15 @TheJKCF @FLOTUS #achieve pic.twitter.com/rDEpvbuIRv
— Evan Kassof (@evan11235813) August 2, 2015
As the weekend came to end an end on day four, Cooke Scholars parted ways with friends new and old — until next year!
.@TheJKCF Last day squad pic at the amazing Jack Kent Cooke Scholars Weekend! #jkcfsw15 #semaphoreFlags pic.twitter.com/A59CHMozqe
— Nicholas Curtis (@ndonovancurtis) August 2, 2015
Looking so tired, but #JKCFSW15 was magnificent! So bittersweet leaving these amazing people. I ? my cookie cousins pic.twitter.com/d62MphX90g
— Maria Vera (@Mariavee) August 2, 2015
Thank you Uncle Jack! pic.twitter.com/39Ahj8IoVt
— Patricia Medina (@pmedina2000) August 2, 2015
Cooke Scholars and attendees — do you have any more memorable photos or experiences to share? Feel free to share or link to them in the comments below!
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