Six Normandale Community College students were named semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship supports 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.
The Normandale students selected as semifinalists were Hanin Ali, Danielle Dudley, Nasira Kulmiye and Gency Ocampo Sorto, Bayan Tawakalna and Vy Tran. The six student semifinalists were the highest total of any two-year college in Minnesota. Normandale was also one of only 20 two-year colleges in the nation to have six or more students selected as semifinalists.
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.
"Countless highly-talented and motivated students begin their college experience at community college, and our recent persistence report shows that they excel after they transfer," said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. "We're pleased to recognize this incredible cohort of semifinalists for their academic drive and achievement."
The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. 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.