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Students, Recent Graduates Eligible to Apply for Largest Scholarship for Community College Students

October 7, 2011

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nomination process for the largest scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges. Atlantic Cape Community College students and recent alumni are eligible to apply.

The private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States. Last year, the Foundation received approximately 700 nominations for these awards.

While 45 percent of all college students in the United States attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college students transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends.

The Foundation plans to award approximately 60 scholarships through this program in spring 2012. It will renew awards each year based upon student performance. Current students are eligible, as are alumni who earned a degree from a community college or two-year institution since spring 2007 and have not since transferred to a four-year college. The application deadline is Dec. 6.

All candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative. For more information, contact Atlantic Cape Assistant Professor Maryann Flemming-McCall at (609) 463-3567 or mccall@atlantic.edu, or visit www.jkcf.org.