Lansdowne, VA – El Paso Community College Economics major Aylin Garcia has been selected as a semifinalist for prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Through this award, the Foundation supports exceptionally talented community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
Garcia shares that she firmly believes that “I get to lead the life I want to lead” in her personal and academic life. Through her hard work to attend college and pursue her dreams, she is a living testament of this statement.
In February, 2020, Aylin was named a DREAM Scholar by the Achieving the Dream, Inc. for student engagement and professional development in her college career.
Officials share that this year’s 406 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of over 1,500 applicants attending 398 community colleges in 44 states and the District of Columbia. Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service, and leadership.
Today, nearly half of postsecondary students begin their college journey at a two-year institution. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship seeks to increase the number of community college students completing their education at top four-year institutions.
“The research is clear: our community colleges are full of talented students with a diversity of experiences that contribute to their educational journey,” Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are especially impressed by the incredible perseverance and drive these students have exhibited during such an unprecedented year.”
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Each award, up to $40,000 per year, is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.
In addition to financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from the Foundation to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers.