The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a highly competitive program that provides financial assistance to community college students who are committed to completing their bachelor’s degrees at top four-year institutions.
Rebekah Fischoff, a political science major and Vice President of Scholarship in Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society at Brookdale Community College, is among the 459 semifinalists selected from a pool of over 1,700 applicants attending 215 community colleges across 38 states. Fischoff plans to transfer to Rutgers University and has completed an internship with NJ State Senator Vin Gopal.
“Rebekah truly is an all-around incredible student and leader,” said Brookdale Community College Professor of English Angela Saragusa. “She has demonstrated exceptional dedication to her academic goals while simultaneously bringing her best to the honor society, sharing her knowledge and expertise with her peers in PTK. She is a role model for how commitment and hard work can lead to success.”
Fischoff said she is grateful for the opportunities offered as a member and officer of the Alpha Pi Theta Chapter at Brookdale Community College.
“I have been fortunate to work with President Dr. Stout and my fellow PTK officers on issues that will impact students’ long term success, and projects including our Honors in Action project which has had a direct impact on our Brookdale community,” she said.
According to Seppy Basili, the Executive Director of the Cooke Foundation, the current pool of semifinalists showcases the abundance of skilled individuals in community colleges today. He further clarified that the scholarship initiative’s goal is to aid students in fully utilizing a four-year college education without accumulating student loans.
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship offers financial support of up to $55,000 annually, as well as educational advising from the Foundation’s Deans of Scholar Support, opportunities for internships, study abroad, graduate school funding, and access to a network of more than 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni. The recipients of the scholarship will be announced in April.