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Two LAVC Students Receive the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Congratulations to LAVC students Diana Castro and Alexander Richardson for being awarded the 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This prestigious, highly competitive national scholarship was awarded to only 61 students nationwide. The scholarship will provide them with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete their bachelor’s degree. Diana Castro is preparing to transfer to UCLA and plans to study World Arts & Culture. Alexander Richardson will be majoring in Astrophysics.

Two LAVC Students Receive the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Los Angeles Valley College students Diana Castro and Alexander Richardson have been named 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients. They are among the 61 students nationwide to be selected this year for the highly competitive national scholarship.

"On behalf of LAVC, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Diana and Alexander for being selected for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship," said Dr. Denise Noldon, interim president of Los Angeles Valley College. "As our newest Cooke Undergraduate Scholars, they are the some of our brightest students and this scholarship will help them reach their academic and career goals."

Both Castro and Richardson have expressed an interest in attending either the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) or University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). Diana Castro is preparing to transfer to UCLA, and plans to study World Arts & Culture. Alexander Richardson will be majoring in Astrophysics.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is one of the premiere undergraduate transfer scholarships for community college students in the country. It will provide them with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years for educational expenses such as tuition, living expenses, books and required fees as they complete their bachelor’s degree. 

In addition to the monetary award, these new Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. The Foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni. Cooke Scholars are eligible to apply for graduate school funding of up to $75,000.

“Our recent Persistence report highlights the vast potential, and achievements, of community college transfer students — who go on to outperform their non-transfer peers at selective four-year institutions” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “In an era where many high-achieving students often begin their higher education journey in community college, the Foundation is committed to enabling these transfer students to pursue their academic dreams at the nation’s top colleges and universities.”

Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected represent 18 different states have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93. This year’s cohort of Cooke Transfer Scholars has applied to the nation’s most selective institutions. For more information about the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.

 

Photo: Courtesy of William Boyer, LACCD

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/1/2019 5:00:06 PM