62 Members Receive Nearly $2 Million in Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

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A total of 62 Phi Theta Kappa members are among the 73 recipients of the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, the nation's largest private scholarship program. They received a total of more than $1.8 million for completion of baccalaureate degrees.

The Foundation will provide each student a scholarship worth up to $30,000 a year for up to three years, which will allow them to transfer to four-year colleges and universities and complete their undergraduate degrees.

"Students who engage in Phi Theta Kappa programs gain immeasurably from the experience and are recognized for their achievements by prestigious scholarship providers like the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Consistently, the majority of scholarship recipients are engaged Phi Theta Kappa members. We value the strong working relationship that Phi Theta Kappa has for many years shared with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in providing our members access to selective senior colleges," said Dr. Rod A. Risley, Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO.

Members receiving Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships include:

Katelyn Armbruster, Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Oyudari Baatartsogt, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia

Amy Bartel, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California

Catherine-Alice Beauboeuf, Harold Washington College, Chicago, Illinois

Kamika Bennett, Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey

Jennifer Buchan, Collin College, Plano, Texas

Stephani Calderon, Northeast Texas Community College, Mt. Pleasant, Texas

Karolina Campos, Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey

Chi Cao, Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, Texas

Simbarashe Change, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, Washington

Diego Cruz-Burbano, Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey

Elizabeth Erikson, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, Illinois

Shayla Esarey, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California

Abigail Escatel, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois      

Samuel Fall, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, California

Michael Gandy, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Micon Garvilles, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Rama Gerig, Lone Star College-Tomball, Tomball, Texas

Sean Gestson, Lower Columbia College, Longview, Washington

Mariano Gomes, Bristol Community College, Fall River, Massachusetts

Edward Graff, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, Connecticut

Chang Gu, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, California

Miklos Haranghy, Broward College, Pembroke Pines, Florida

Olga Homonchuk, Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota

Fatouma Abdoulaye Idrissa, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Amayha Jimenez, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, New Jersey

Sam Jones, University of the District of Columbia Community College, Washington, D.C.

Duckenson Joseph, Broward College, Pompano Beach, Florida

Carlos Julca, Norwalk Community College, Norwalk, Connecticut

Ousmane Kabre, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wisconsin

Usha Kadiyala, Schoolcraft College, Livonia, Michigan

Azar Kafaei, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, New York

Nandjui Koutouan, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Vannaren Long, Cerritos College, Norwalk, California

Parisa Lotfi, American River College, Sacramento, California

Mandolyn Ludlum, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California

Anthony Mangual, SUNY Suffolk County Community College, Western, New York

Britney Meza-Turner, Treasure Valley Community College, Ontario, Oregon

Angel Monroy-Aparicio, San Diego City College, San Diego, California

Sean Moore, County College of Morris, Randolph, New Jersey

Lindsey Narmour, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Virginia

Jared Nelson, Lone Star College-Tomball, Tomball, Texas

Mihir Patel, Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois

Christopher Patrick, San Diego Miramar College,  San Diego, California

Scott Pine, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California

Joe Putnam, Highline Community College, Des Moines, Washington

Adhithya Rajasekaran, Georgia Perimeter College, Covington, Georgia

Cecilia Reyes, Prairie State College, Chicago Heights, Illinois

Aida Rodriguez, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, Florida

Freddy Rosas, Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys, California

Elizabeth Ross, Northeast State Community College, Blountville, Tennessee

Manuel  Ruiz, Gordon State College, Barnesville, Georgia

Anita Schwab, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California

Tammy Schwinegruber, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego, California

Paw Ser Soe, SUNY Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, New York

Susannah Spence, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Joshua  Stevens, Des Moines Area Community College, Boone, Iowa

Danielle Tate-Maccaroni, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, North Carolina

Nicole Valenzuela, Estrella Mountain Community College, Avondale, Arizona

Vincent Van der Gouwe, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, Hawaii

Craig Velozo, Bristol Community College, Fall River, Massachusetts

Yin Wang, Massasoit Community College, Brockton, Massachusetts

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential through education. Launched in 2000, the Foundation focuses in particular on students with financial need. The Foundation's scholarship and direct service programs support the education of approximately 650 students each year, while their grants allow thousands more to engage in challenging educational experiences.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.