Two from Brookdale are semi-finalists for a highly competitive scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the semi-finalists for its highly competitive competition Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Through this award, the Foundation supports high-performing community college students with financial need who seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year institutions.

Lea Josefowitz and Michael Skarica from Brookdale Community College are two of this year’s 440 semifinalists chosen from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants attending 180 community colleges in 35 states.

Josefowitz of Wall Township is a Dean’s List student majoring in Liberal Arts and is an active member of The Innovation Network (TIN), where she is a graphic designer and one of the managers. Additionally, she is a member of Women In Learning and Leadership (WILL), Phi Theta Kappa Club (PTK), Honor Society and was a cheerleader last semester. She hopes to transfer in the fall with a varied list of possible schools she has applied to include Yale, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Boston University, Miami University and Rutgers.

Skarica is also from Wall and will be graduating in May with an Associate of Science degree. Monmouth University has accepted him and plans to attend in the fall of 2022. His major at Monmouth University will be Biology with a concentration in Molecular Cell Physiology.

Since its inception, the Cooke Foundation has selected transfer scholars at more than 337 community colleges and awarded more than $54 million in transfer scholarships. While national college enrollment has declined amid the pandemic, recent National Student Information Clearinghouse data reveals that transfers are on the rise among community college students who remained enrolled in the first year of the pandemic. For the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, it was a very competitive year.

“The past year has been particularly challenging as students have continued to navigate the complexities of blended learning, the demands of family care and disrupted work schedules,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Foundation. Kent Cooke. “We are so proud of these semi-finalists for their perseverance and accomplishments in their community colleges.”

The undergraduate scholarship provides unparalleled support for community college students who wish to complete their studies at top four-year institutions. In addition to financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational counseling from the Foundation to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. Undergraduate Transfer Scholars will additionally benefit from internship, study abroad and graduate funding opportunities, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 3,000 Scholars and Alumni. Cooke.

Recipients of the undergraduate transfer scholarships will be announced in early May.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected on the basis of their ability and outstanding academic achievement, financial need, perseverance, service, and leadership. Additionally, students must be currently enrolled in a community college or recent alumni.

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who are in financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $230 million in scholarships to nearly 3,000 students from grade 8 through graduate school, as well as comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $120 million in grants to organizations that serve these students.

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