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Four Dallas College Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Semifinalists for 2021

Last updated on March 3, 2021

Four Dallas College students have been named Jack Kent Cooke Semifinalists for 2021. The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

The Dallas College semifinalists are:

  • Ferdinando Castro-Gonzalez (Richland)
  • Grace Mulumba (Richland)
  • Kaothar Olateju (Brookhaven)
  • Neville Scott (Mountain View)

This year’s 406 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of more than 1,500 applicants attending 398 community colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

“The research is clear: Our community colleges are full of talented students with a diversity of experiences that contribute to their educational journey. We see this in our applicant pool every year and are excited to recognize this group of semifinalists for their academic achievements,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are especially impressed by the incredible perseverance and drive these students have exhibited during such an unprecedented year.”

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. In addition to financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. Undergraduate Transfer Scholars will additionally receive opportunities for internships, study abroad and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a network of more than 2,800 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled in community college and residing in the United States.

Congratulations and best wishes to our Dallas College semifinalists!

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