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EPCC student a semifinalist for Cooke Foundation scholarship
Updated: Mar 22
COURTESY JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the semifinalists for the highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation awards community college students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability, leadership, service, and a determination to complete their bachelor’s degrees at top four-year institutions.
El Paso Community College is proud to announce that one of the semifinalists is Ashley Trojanowski.
This year’s 459 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of more than 1,700 applicants, and attend 215 community colleges in 38 states. Some of the latest research from the American Talent Initiative estimates that roughly 50,000 high-achieving students from low income backgrounds could transfer to four-year colleges each year but don’t, often due to cost. The Cooke Transfer Scholarship is designed to create a clear pathway to a four-year degree by offering up to $55,000 per year along with academic advising and access to a network of peers.
“By lifting the financial burden of pursuing a four-year degree off their shoulders, our goal is to help students take full advantage of a four-year college experience without taking on student debt,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Cooke Foundation. “This year’s selected semifinalists reflect the deep bench of talent across our community colleges today, and we’re looking forward to getting to know them better in our final application review process.”
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship offers unparalleled support to community college students. In addition to the generous financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive educational advising from the Foundation’s Deans of Scholar Support to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their future endeavors. They will also have access to opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate school funding, and the incomparable connection to a robust network of more than 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni.
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.
A list of this year’s Cooke Transfer Scholar semifinalists, their respective community colleges, and hometowns is below. To learn more about the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, visit the website here.