Julie Kambali, a native of Rwanda who is majoring in Health Sciences at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), has been named a semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarships support high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the top four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees. This year’s semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 369 schools in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Each selected scholar will be provided generous financial support for up to three years, college planning services, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with a thriving community of fellow Cooke Scholars. Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students residing in the United States.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation also offers a Young Scholars Program. The application for high-achieving 7th grade students is due by March 14, 2019. Information is available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website about the Young Scholars Program, College Scholarship Program, and Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.