The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Lansdowne, Virginia, has announced scholarships to forty community college students so that they can transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete their bachelor's degree.
The foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program provides up to $30,000 a year for up to three years to exceptional community college students. Hailing from eighteen states, the scholarship recipients will attend some of the best public and private colleges and universities in the country, including Stanford, Duke, New York University, and the University of California, Berkeley. A large percentage of this year's recipients will major in the sciences and pre-medicine, with others majoring in engineering, economics, political science, natural resources, social work, education, film, and photography. Eighteen of the scholars were born outside the United States.
This year's scholars include Ehren Bentz and Thomas Aguilar, veteran Marines with a combined five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Aguilar, who came to the U.S. from Mexico, has an interest in engineering and law, while Bentz hopes to become a zoologist. Two other recipients, Alicia Violeta Juarez Crow and Aldo Garcia, who emigrated from the same city in Mexico and who both graduated with honors from California's Cañada College, will attend the University of Southern California.
"Since it was established, the foundation has recognized the importance of community colleges and their value to American society," said Jack Kent Cooke Foundation executive director Lawrence Kutner. "What we've also realized is that many top-notch students at these two-year colleges need financial help to get to the next level."
For a complete list of recipients, visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Web site.