Cooke Scholarship

From Left: President Joe Opatz, Olya Homonchuk, Student Affairs VP Lisa Wheeler, Academic Affairs VP Julie Guelich.


Back row, from left: Academy of Math and Science Program Coordinator Maria Mhiripiri, Academy Dir. Kim Klein, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Linda Tetzlaff, Student Clubs and Organizations Director Amanda Lilgreen.

In April, Normandale Community College student Olya Homonchuk received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. Homonchuk was chosen for this honor based on a well-rounded set of accomplishments while at Normandale:

  • An impressive academic resume
  • Past president of the college's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
  • The Minnesota All-Academic team
  • Involvement with numerous college-related events and projects
  • One of only 20 students nationwide in PTK to receive another prestigious honor, the Guistwhite Scholarship.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need as they transfer to and complete their bachelor's degrees at the nation's top four-year colleges and universities. Every scholarship varies, depending on the costs of attendance and other scholarship or grants received. The maximum award is $30,000.

Homonchuk is the fifth Normandale student to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship since 2006. That total is the most of any two-year college in the state of Minnesota. Normandale is one of only 17 two-year colleges in the nation to have five or more recipients of the scholarship during that span of time.

Normandale has had five Cooke scholars since 2006:
More than any other 2-year college in Minnesota.