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For immediate release — April 4, 2019
(DALLAS) — Ten Dallas County Community College District students and several recent graduates have been named semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, announced by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
The scholarships are awarded to high-achieving community college students who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. This year’s semifinalists were chosen from nearly 1,500 applicants across the U.S.
The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others and leadership.
“Countless highly talented and motivated students begin their college experience at a community college and excel after they transfer,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize this incredible cohort of semifinalists for their academic drive and achievement.”
As owner of the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Lakers, Cooke recognized the additional expenses that community college students incur when they transfer, including housing fees, transportation costs and books. His generosity has helped narrow the achievement gap and place college students, some of whom are the first in their families to attend a four-year college, in competition with other scholars.
The Cooke scholarships recognize students who are determined to succeed, said Anna Mays, DCCCD’s associate vice chancellor for educational policy and student success.
“Students who complete degrees at our district’s seven colleges generally do better than students who start at a four-year school,” Mays said. “These students already have demonstrated success through their academic and service endeavors.”
DCCCD’s semifinalists include students who have received either the Erin Tierney Kramp Encouragement Scholarship or the Muse Scholarship; both are administered by the DCCCD Foundation.
DCCCD’s finalists are:
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