Lone Star College students awarded Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships
HOUSTON, TX – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) awarded Lacy Butler, LSC-Kingwood; Angelica Bernal Penaloza, LSC-Kingwood; and Madison Terry, LSC-Tomball the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The national scholarship is intended to cover a significant share of a student’s educational expenses to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
“Receiving a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship can be life changing,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Chancellor. “This highly competitive national scholarship will truly make a difference for these students as they continue their education.”
Finalists will receive up to $55,000 per year for up to three years to cover a substantial share of educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees.
“The finalists selected are enrolled in the Lone Star Honors College which meets the needs of high-achieving students who are looking to improve their college transcripts and transferability with challenging coursework,” said Katharine Caruso, Ph.D., LSC Associate Vice Chancellor Honors and International Education.
Finalists will also receive all-inclusive educational advising from JKCF staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing them for their careers. To date, 29 LSC students have been awarded the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship since 2012.
“Today, almost half of all college students begin their academic career at a community college,” said Seppy Basili, JKCF Executive Director. “We know our community colleges are full of high-achieving students and we’re committed to playing our part to ensure those students succeed.”
LSC had 19 semifinalists named this year. That recognition can lead to increased offers of transfer admission and scholarships. The 19 students represent 58% of all the semifinalists in Texas.
“Congratulations to a cohort of students who have persisted in the midst of such unprecedented disruptions in our lives. We welcome you into our community and look forward to learning alongside you,” said Basili.
This year, more than 1,200 students from 332 community colleges applied to receive the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The JKCF evaluated each submission based on students’ academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence and leadership.
Lone Star College enrolls over 80,000 students each semester providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and has been named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ranked 35th in Texas in the Forbes ‘America’s Best Employers By State’ list. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.