Two Schoolcraft College students, Jonathan Kris and Maria Robles, are recipients of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke $30,000 scholarship for 2014. Jonathan and Maria are two of only 85 recipients to receive the scholarship from the 3,705 applications received this year representing 737 community colleges in the United States.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. The Foundation provides as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.
“Jonathan and Maria are both well-deserving and promising young adults,” said Laurie Kattuah-Snyder, associate dean of transfer and partnerships for Schoolcraft College. Jonathan, son of Kathryn King of Canton, plans to pursue his studies in philosophy at the University of Michigan. Maria, daughter of Carlos and Minverva Robles of Livonia, is a pre-medical major and is considering UofM, Cornell University or Johns Hopkins. “We were extremely pleased when we learned that there were three students from Michigan who were finalists for this award, and even more excited when we found out two of them were from Schoolcraft College.”
Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership and financial need. The average GPA of the incoming class is 3.98. “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 Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at the Foundation. “Since the program started in 2002, the Foundation has supported 643 community college students directly, and thousands more through the Foundation’s grant making initiatives.”
The next application cycle for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program will run from late September to early December of 2014. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.