Cooke College Scholars will receive up to $40,000 a year towards their undergraduate degrees and additional services from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
VAN NUYS, CA — This week the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation named Luciana Soria-Robles from Van Nuys as a recipient of the highly-selective Cooke College Scholarship. With this announcement, Luciana will receive up to $40,000 a year to cover all costs of their undergraduate education, as well as continued academic and financial advisement from the Foundation. The 2020 class was notified via Zoom, and their excitement is palpable.
This year, 50 scholars, who represent 26 states, were selected from a pool of 5,400 applicants. In addition to financial and academic support, scholars will also join an active community of over 2,700 Cooke scholars and alumni, providing peer support throughout their college journey. The Foundation selects scholars based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership.
“In these times of great uncertainty, we remain committed to supporting high-achieving students with the financial and academic resources they need to be successful,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are very excited to welcome this new class of exceptional students into our community of scholars, and hope that this news brings joy to their families and communities.”
This year, 5,400 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship, including applicants from all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico. The Foundation evaluated each submission, and selected scholars based on their academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Scholars will go on to study in fields such as biological science, engineering, computer science, and political science.
These 50 scholars join the 68 current Cooke Young Scholars selected in February to continue to receive the organization’s support to form the 2020 cohort of 118 new College Scholars. A full list of the 2020 Cooke College Scholars, including the high schools and states they represent, can be found here.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $200 million in scholarships to over 2,700 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org