Community college students vying for prestigious scholarship

Eleven students from Northern Virginia Community College have been named semi-finalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The foundation annually supports high-performing community college students with demonstrated financial need who seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year institutions.

This year’s 440 semifinalists were chosen from a national pool of more than 1,200 applicants attending 180 community colleges in 35 states.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) students make up nearly two-thirds of Virginia’s semifinalists this year, and over the past 13 years, 19 NOVA students have received the scholarship.

Semi-finalists include Jenna Aylward, Menwa Besheer, Junior de la Iglesia, Anastasia Duenas, Aanya Hasan, Anum Khan, Subin Kim, Kerri Langhorne, Mariah Salazar-Solorzano, Kayla Sherman and Meelod Waheed.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in May. They will receive funding for tuition, room and board, and required fees and books for the remainder (up to three years) of the scholar’s undergraduate degree.

In addition to financial support, selected 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.

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