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Emily Kim, who attends the Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, and Roksana Klasa, who attends Peachtree Ridge High School, are two of 50 students who have been named Cooke College Scholars. The scholarship winners were told they had won the award during a Zoom call earlier this year.

Emily Kim, who attends the Gwinnett School of Mathematics Science and Technology, and Roksana Klasa, who attends Peachtree Ridge High School, are two of 50 students who have been named Cooke College Scholars.

Klasa will attend the University of Southern California and Kim will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently announced the scholarship winners, who come from 26 states. Each scholarship winner will receive up to $40,000 annually to cover all aspects of their undergraduate education.

According to a press release from the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation, in addition to receiving financial support, the Cooke College Scholars will also receive comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff and connect with a network of nearly 2,700 active scholars and alums. New scholars will also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.

“In these times of great uncertainty, we remain committed to supporting high-achieving students with the financial and academic resources they need to be successful,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are very excited to welcome this new class of exceptional students into our community of scholars, and hope that this news brings joy to their families and communities.”

This year, 5,400 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship, including applicants from all 50 states; Washington, DC; and Puerto Rico. The Foundation evaluated each submission, and selected scholars based on their academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Scholars will go on to study in fields such as biological science, engineering, computer science, and political science.

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 over $200 million in scholarships to over 2,700 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

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