Six GRCC students named semifinalists for prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation national transfer scholarship

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Grand Rapids Community College students account for nearly half of Michigan’s 2021 semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s highly competitive undergraduate transfer scholarship.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provides recipients up to $40,000 annually for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with their fellow Cooke Scholars. It is among the largest private awards in the nation for students transferring from a community college.

The foundation announced 406 semifinalists late last month, selected from more than 1,500 applications that represent 398 community colleges. 

Michigan had 15 students reach the semifinalist level, including six from GRCC:

• Cayden Beardslee.
• Destiny Carrera.
• Nicholas Cetlinski.
• Gideon Kortenhoven.
• Deidre Mitchell.
• Paulo Zepeda.

“I am extremely proud to not just see GRCC students named semifinalists, but to see so many achieve this honor during a very challenging time for them and for our community,” GRCC President Bill Pink. “This is also a reflection of the faculty and staff who were determined to help students be successful, overcoming the obstacles all of us faced.” 

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