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Semi-finalists of Prestigious Scholarship

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By Alexandra Juarez

February 11, 2019 - 02:55 PM

Four Mt. SAC students have made it to the list of semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The program is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

This year’s semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants from 369 schools in 45 states. The four semifinalists from Mt. SAC are Thomas Petrillo, Ana Arellano, Katherine Fan and Jevon Suharnoko.

 “I’m super excited to be part of the semifinalist pool. It is an honor just to make it this far, and it shows how much hard work I have put into my college career so far,” said Petrillo. “Hopefully, I am able to be a part of Cooke Scholars and win that prestigious scholarship for everyone here at Mt. SAC that has helped me along the way.”

Each Cooke Scholar will have access to generous financial support for two to three years, totaling up to $40,000 per year. This award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. In addition, students will have opportunities for internships and study abroad programs as well as graduate school funding.

Recipients will be announced in April.

A full list of the 2019 Cooke Scholars Semifinalists and the community colleges and states they represent can be viewed on the Cooke Scholars website.

Alexandra Juarez is a marketing student at Mt. San Antonio College.