The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected Irvine Valley College (IVC) student Chang “Amy” Gu to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, providing up to $30,000 a year towards tuition and a stipend beginning in the fall of 2013. As the number of students attending community colleges nationwide continues to rise, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is proud to support efforts to increase access for the best two-year college students to complete their four-year degree.
Amy was nominated for this prestigious scholarship by IVC professor Kurt Meyer, who both nominated and guided her through the complex application process.
The Foundation selected 73 scholars from among 769 nominees. The scholars demonstrated outstanding records of achievement - not only academically, but also in service, leadership, and community involvement. The committee of external reviewers described these students as truly exceptional. Individual awards will vary according to the length and cost of the program of study. Last year, awards for the first year of study under the scholarship averaged $19,211.
In the 2013 application cycle, the Foundation received 769 nominations from 377 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia. As this is a highly selective scholarship, the final 73 recipients represent just 9.5% of the total applicant pool. The chosen scholars stood out for their exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others. They were selected by a prestigious committee made up of 37 admissions professionals and professors, mostly from selective four-year institutions, as well as from community colleges.
"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer to and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities," said Dana O'Neill, program manager of the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. "Since this program started in 2002, the Foundation has supported 558 students directly, and thousands more through the Foundation's grant making initiatives."
The application cycle for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program runs from September to early December each year. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.
More information about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is available at: http://www.jkcf.org/news-knowledge/press-releases/jack-kent-cooke-foundation-awards-73-undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/