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Heber Bibang
Mountain View College student Heber Bibang

​Contact: Alice Rios
972-860-8722; arios@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — April 16, 2018
News brief

(DALLAS) — Heber Bibang, a Mountain View College international student from Gabon, Africa, is one of 47 recipients of a 2018 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. This national, competitive scholarship will provide Bibang with up to $40,000 annually, for a maximum of three years, so that he can complete his bachelor’s degree.

After he finishes his associate degree at Mountain View, Bibang plans to transfer to Texas Tech University, where he will major in petroleum engineering. At MVC, he is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, a national academic honorary for two-year college students, and was named to the All-USA Academic Team. Bibang said, “I believe that success is defined by the amount of effort, dedication and perseverance one puts into his work.”

Six students from across Texas were selected to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Bibang is the only recipient from the Dallas County Community College District.

“Community colleges provide an affordable first step for many students with financial need to begin their higher education journey,” said Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Cooke Foundation. “Cooke Transfer Scholars have demonstrated incredible ability and ambition, and we look forward to supporting their success at universities such as Stanford, Cornell, and MIT.”

This year, nearly 2,500 students — including MVC’s Bibang — applied for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected have a median adjusted gross income of $5,000 and an average GPA of 3.92. Biological sciences, engineering, and computer/informational sciences are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

The Cooke Foundation’s mission is to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the private, independent foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students in grade 8 to graduate school; it also provides comprehensive counseling and other support services to scholarship recipients.

The Cooke Foundation also provides significant grants for noteworthy and innovative initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students. For more information, visit jkcf.org.

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