Jack Kent Cooke Foundation names 21 Lone Star College students semi-finalists for prestigious scholarship
HOUSTON, Texas - The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has named 21 Lone Star College students as semi-finalists for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Students who receive this scholarship are able to complete their bachelor’s degrees at a selective four-year college or university. The finalists will be named in April.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “Lone Star College had three times the number of semi-finalists compared with other Texas community colleges. This is a testament to the incredible work our faculty does to prepare students for success.
The 21 LSC finalists are:
Lone Star College Honors Student
Alver Dela Cruz
Ana Aranda Zambrano
Lone Star College Student
Lone Star College Honors Alumni
Yanci Alt?amirando Mendoza
Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $40,000 per year to cover a significant share of educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. In addition to the monetary award, recipients will receive all-inclusive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. In addition, they will also be eligible to apply for $50,000 annually for graduate school.
Many of the students recognized as semi-finalists attend the LSC Honors College, which offers a wide range of opportunities for honors students—from incoming freshman wanting to graduate with an Honors Associate of Arts or Honors Associate of Science degree, to high-achieving students seeking to graduate with Honors distinction, to students interested in earning individual honors course credit.
“The Lone Star College Honors College really prepares high-achieving students seeking to improve their college transcripts and transferability with challenging coursework provided across a broad range of disciplines,” said Katharine Caruso, Ph.D., LSC associate vice chancellor, Honors and International Education. “Honors College students also have access to develop new skills with opportunities to travel, attend off-campus educational and cultural events, conferences and special seminars.
Honors College classes provide a very special intellectual and co-curricular experience. Honors College students may earn honors academic course credit by enrolling in honors sections, as well as by working with a faculty member in small groups seminars or independent studies.
“Lone Star College has worked extremely hard to increase the amount and quality of targeted honors related resources, including significant additional undergraduate research and International Capstone Project opportunities,” said Brian Kyser, LSC lead director, The Honors College. “The semi-finalists in the last few years also had international experiences. These opportunities are uncommon among transfer students and make them highly competitive.”
A Capstone Project is a multifaceted project that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students.
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 $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from eighth grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. JKCF.org.