LAKEWOOD, CO – Red Rocks Community College students Stacy McElvaney and Julianna Bourgeois are recipients of Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. This prestigious and competitive scholarship program awards $30,000 per year for up to three years to high-achieving community college students to assist in the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. This year’s cohort is the largest in the program’s 13-year history, with 85 recipients selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 community colleges across the U.S.
Julianna Bourgeois is earning a 4.0 GPA in her studies of calculus, chemistry, physics, and math while working and volunteering. In addition to pre-engineering studies, she is assisting the Red Rocks Institute of Sustainability in Education in creating a STEM center. Bourgeois works part-time for Student Life, is the events coordinator for RRCC’s engineering club, and also trains in classical vocals. She will transfer this fall to CU Boulder to pursue an Engineering Physics degree, with minors in mathematics and electrical engineering. Bourgeois plans to complete graduate and doctoral studies at CU and would like to work in experimental physics, conducting research in quantum computing, theoretical physics, or plasma tics.
Phi Theta Kappa member Stacy McElvaney is an ambitious self-starter who earned a 4.0 GPA while juggling a business, raising a family, volunteering, and caring for her horses. In 2013 McElvaney was one of 20 students selected from across the nation for USA Today’s All-USA Academic team, based on her academic achievements and community involvement, such as assisting troubled youth through equine therapy. This year was chosen an one of two RRCC Outstanding Graduates. She completed an AA degree in Psychology and will transfer to Denver University this fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree. McElvaney’s goal is to complete a master’s degree and become an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist.
Scholars for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship were selected based on high academic ability and achievement, persistence, leadership, and financial need. The average GPA of the recipients is 3.98.
The next application cycle for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program will run from late September to early December. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.
About Red Rocks Community College: Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 14,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. www.rrcc.edu.
About Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $120 million for over 2,000 scholarships and $76 million in grants to organizations that support our mission. www.jkcf.org
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