Orange Coast College students named semifinalists for national scholarship

Six Orange Coast College students have been selected as semifinalists in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship competition, setting a record for the number of OCC students to make it to the semifinals.

The students who made it to the semifinals are: Daisy Le of Anaheim, Chelsea Gonzalez of Costa Mesa, Tram Nguyen of Garden Grove, Mai Lan Jones of Westminster, Colby Labounty of Huntington Beach and Viktoriia Vasileva of Costa Mesa.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a prestigious national award that supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to top four-year institutions to complete their bachelor’s degrees. This year’s semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applications attending 369 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Winners of the scholarship will be announced in April. Each selected scholar will receive financial support for up to three years, college planning services, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with a community of fellow Cooke Scholars.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are chosen based on exceptional academic achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled at a community college and residing in the United States.

“It’s exciting to see the accomplishments and dedication of our students recognized through a national, competitive award,” says Interim Vice President of Instruction Tara Giblin. “We wish them well in the next round of selection.”

This article was released by Orange Coast College.