Five sophomore students from Tyler Junior College have been named semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
Through this community college transfer scholarship, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports high-achieving students as they transfer to some of the best four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.
This year’s 456 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
Semifinalists from TJC are:
• Amaya Blanton, graphic design major from Tyler, member of TJC Presidential Honors and TJC’s Alpha Omicron Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; plans to transfer to Texas Christian University and eventually open her own design firm
• Anahi Hernandez, general studies/healthcare administration major from Longview, member of TJC Presidential Honors, Phi Theta Kappa, and works as a student assistant in the TJC School of Nursing and Health Sciences; plans to transfer to UT Dallas and major in healthcare administration
• Daniela Juarez, government/pre-law major from Mesquite, member of TJC Presidential Honors, TJC Student Senate, TJC Speech and Debate and Phi Theta Kappa; plans to transfer to Southern Methodist University to study corporate communications and eventually work for a nonprofit organization
• Sofia Quintero Argentin, biology/pre-med major from Tyler, member of TJC Presidential Honors and Phi Theta Kappa; plans to transfer to Rice University and eventually be a pediatrician
• Lady Trejo, biology major from Longview, member of Phi Theta Kappa and TRIO; plans to transfer to the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs to be a pre-dental major
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Selected scholars will receive financial support for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with fellow Cooke Scholars.
Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students or recent graduates residing in the United States.
“We are inspired every day by the hard work and dedication that our students put in to achieving their goals,” said Dr. Deana Sheppard, TJC provost & vice president for academic and student affairs & chief academic officer. “We congratulate them on this incredible accomplishment, and we feel privileged that they chose TJC as the first step on their path to a successful future.”
“Year after year, we are impressed by the incredible talent and resolve of community college students,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to recognize this outstanding group of semifinalists for their academic achievement.”
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 $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from eighth grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services.
The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.