ATLANTA—Nine students from Georgia State University’s Perimeter College have been selected as semifinalists for the national Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
The Perimeter semifinalists are: Madina Bah of Lithonia; Katherine Day of Marietta, Kevin Lopez Castellanos of Lawrenceville; Hoang Huynh of Jonesboro; Raniah Al Juboori of Decatur; Nestor Kaputo of Decatur; Isaac King of Winder; Alex Navarro of Stone Mountain and Musa Ya-Sin of Decatur.
The Perimeter College students, who represent more than half of the Jack Kent Cooke semifinalists selected in Georgia this year, were chosen from a pool of nearly1,500 applicants attending 369 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Finalists for the scholarship will be announced in April. Each selected scholar will be provided up to $40,000 a year for up to three years, plus college planning services, ongoing advising and the opportunity to connect with a community of fellow Cooke Scholars.
Since 2002, 17 Perimeter College students have received the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer scholarship.
Through the community college transfer scholarship, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
“Countless highly-talented and motivated students begin their college experience at community college, and our recent ‘Persistence’ report shows that they excel after they transfer,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We’re pleased to recognize this incredible cohort of semifinalists for their academic drive and achievement.”
Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Eligible students must be currently enrolled community college students residing in the United States.
Photo: Isaac King (top) is among nine Perimeter College students who are semifinalists for the national Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Photo by Bill Roa