The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Lansdowne, Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2019 Cooke Graduate Scholarships and Cooke International Award.
Scholarships totaling $6.1 million were awarded to seventy-eight students who have begun their graduate studies at some of the most selective institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. Graduate Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $75,000 over four years, while the 2019 recipient of the International Award will receive up to $85,000 a year for up to four years of study at the University of Oxford. The scholarships and award are open only to previous recipients of Cooke College Scholarships and Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships.
Graduate Scholarship recipients include Daniella Royer, who as an undergraduate majored in economics and math, with minors in Arabic and political science, and is attending Georgetown University Law School; and Shawn Zamani, who earned his BS in public health from the University of South Florida and is pursuing a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. The 2019 Cooke International Awardee is Micon Garvilles, who earned her associate's degree from Kapi'olani Community College before transferring to the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she double-majored in biotechnology and molecular bioscience and biomedical science. She plans to attend medical school after she completes her studies at Oxford.
"We know that graduate degrees can have a profound impact on an individual's lifetime earnings. Unfortunately, graduate school is often beyond the reach of many students with financial need," said JKCF executive director Seppy Basili. "With the Cooke International Award and Cooke Graduate Scholarship, the foundation is expanding this opportunity to students who will contribute significantly to their chosen fields."
For a complete list of this year's graduate scholars, see the Cooke Foundation website.