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This article appeared in a June 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
By Katie McClelland
Richland College Student Muaz Mohammed is one of 75 outstanding community college students nationwide to be awarded an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarship is worth up to $40,000 annually and is awarded to scholars with strong records of achievement as shown by grades, leadership, skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity. More than 2,300 students applied for this year’s scholarships.
While attending Richland College, Mohammed was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honors society for community colleges, completed the Student Leadership Institute in the fall of 2015 and served as the vice president of membership/public relations for the Honors Student Organization. While Mohammed has not yet made a decision on which four-year institution he will attend this fall, he is strongly considering Southern Methodist University.
“[Mohammed] is always excited about learning, and he shows this enthusiasm through his high grades and participation in honors classes,” said Kathleen Stephens, Ph.D., coordinator of the Richland College Honors Academy. “Muaz’s excellence in academics was recognized through his being awarded an honors scholarship in the fall of 2015. These scholarships are highly competitive and selective. Only 8 scholarships were awarded from our roster of 470 honors students in the fall of 2015.”
The Cooke Foundation scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees. In addition to funding college costs not covered by other financial aid, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship also offers academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. Upon the completion of a bachelor’s degree, each Cooke Scholar is eligible to apply for a graduate school scholarship worth up to $50,000 annually for up to four years. Since 2000, the Cooke Foundation has awarded approximately $147 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students and $90 million in grants to organizations that serve outstanding low-income students.