Normandale Community College student Sheena Jimmick received the 2017 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Jimmick was one of only 55 community college students to receive a scholarship in a year where nearly 3,000 students applied.
Jimmick was the only community college student in the state of Minnesota to receive the scholarship. She is the sixth Normandale student to receive this prestigious scholarship since 2006, and the first since Olya Homonchuk received it in 2013.
Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have strong records of achievement and success, as proven by their GPA, service to others, leadership skills, awards, and their ability to persevere in the face of adversity and financial hardship. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is one of the largest scholarships in the nation, designed to propel high-achieving students at community colleges to four-year colleges and universities.
The scholarship funds the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, provides academic advising, stipends for internships and study abroad, and also grants recipients many opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. Scholars have up to three years to complete their bachelor's degree, and once completed scholars may be eligible to apply for the Cooke Graduate Scholarship worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.
"Our Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a proven record of accomplishment at elite colleges and universities and have gone on to successful careers in many professions," Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. "This is among the most prestigious scholarships in the country and we are extremely proud of the talented students who have been selected."