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GCPS students earns prestigious Cooke college scholarships

April 28, 2021

     Grace Ahn, a graduating senior from Mill Creek High School, and Kennedy Odiboh, a graduating senior from Shiloh High School, join a prestigious group as they have been named Cooke Scholars through the 2021 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program. Ahn and Odiboh are among a select group of 61 graduating high school seniors, representing 26 states, selected to receive the honor. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $40,000 per year toward a four-year accredited undergraduate school;
  • The ability to pursue any area of study;
  • Personal advisement on selecting a college and navigating the financial aid process; and
  • Multifaceted advice about how to transition to college and maximizing the college student experience.

     The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Scholarship recipients are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books, and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

     This year, students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship from all 50 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Guam; Northern Marianas; the Virgin Islands; and American Samoa. This year’s Scholars will go on to study in fields such as biological science, engineering, computer science, and political science. These 61 Scholars join the 43 current Cooke Young Scholars, who were selected in February to continue to receive the organization’s support, to form the 2021 cohort of 104 new College Scholars.

     In addition to financial support, Scholars receive ongoing educational advising from Foundation staff and access to a network of more than 2,800 active Scholars and Alumni. Cooke College Scholars also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.

     *The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has provided over $222 million in scholarships to more than 2,800 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $115 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.