Scholarships totaling approximately $7 million were awarded to eighty-two students who have recently begun graduate programs at some of the most highly selective institutions in the United States and United Kingdom. Recipients of the Cooke Graduate Scholarships are each eligible to receive a total of $75,000 over four years, while the three recipients of the Cooke International Award are eligible to receive $85,000 a year for up to four years of study in a graduate program at Lincoln College or Brasenose College at the University of Oxford or Clare College at the University of Cambridge.
Recipients of the Cooke Graduate Scholarship include Sebastian Roubert Martinez, who as a mechanical engineering undergraduate at Cornell University worked on projects encompassing biomechanics and electromechanical design and is now working toward a PhD in engineering at Harvard University. Cooke International Award recipients include Mandolyn Ludlum, a Grammy-nominated artist who has worked with the Revolve Impact/California Endowment's #SchoolsNotPrisons Tour, Hip Hop Caucus, and the Roses in Concrete Community School and as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley published a thesis proposing holistic equity as an analytical framework for pursuing educational equity. Now at the University of Oxford, Mandolyn has begun an MSc in comparative and international education, which she plans to continue through a PhD.
"Even students who excel to and through college often face financial roadblocks on the path to graduate studies," said JKCF executive director Seppy Basili. "These scholars are poised to make an impact in fields from art to medicine in ways that will transform our lives and society. Cooke Scholars share a remarkable focus on solving pressing issues, and we can't wait to see what this year's recipients will accomplish."
For a complete list of the foundation's 2018 graduate scholars, see the Cooke Foundation website.