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Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semifinalist Natnael Mamo

Normandale Student named Jack Kent Cooke Semifinalist

Normandale Community College student Natnael Mamo was named a semifinalist 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.

Mamo was one of only three semifinalists selected from the State of Minnesota. This year's semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,600 applicants attending 194 schools in 37 states, plus Washington D.C. and the Northern Mariana Islands.

“In light of the challenges that hinder many community college students from achieving their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree, our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes the journey more achievable and helps to eliminate the threat of student debt,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “The exceptional pool of talent among this year’s chosen semifinalists from community colleges showcases the vast potential within these institutions and we look forward to learning more about these students during the final stage of our application review.” 

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship offers unparalleled support to community college students. In addition to the generous financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive educational advising from the Foundation’s Deans of Scholar Support to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their future careers. They will also have access to internship opportunities, study abroad experiences, graduate school funding, and the invaluable connection to a robust network of more than 3,100 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni.

The finalists for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship will be announced in May.

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