2017 April 24 - 03:26 pm

Honors & Awards

A Summary Listing of Honors and Awards at Colleges Around the Nation

Des Moines Area Community College (Iowa) student Rashida Anderson-Abdullah of Ankeny has been awarded a 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, worth up to $40,000 a year, to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, Anderson-Abdullah may be eligible for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years. “The undergraduate scholarship is for up to $40,000 a year for three years and the graduate scholarship is for up to $50,000 a year for four years, so the total of this scholarship is possibly as much as $320,000,” said DMACC Boone Campus physics and mathematics Professor Nancy Woods. “This is clearly one of the most lucrative scholarships out there. This is a life-changing award—one that only the best and brightest can earn. The Cooke Scholarship allows our graduates to dream big and to reach to complete their bachelor’s degrees at our nation’s top four-year universities. This scholarship will cover a significant share of Rashida’s educational expenses — including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees so that she can achieve a bachelor’s degree. We are all very excited for Rashida!” Anderson-Abdullah has been a DMACC Urban and Ankeny Campus student. She was notified of winning the scholarship when DMACC administrators, faculty and others surprised her with the big announcement, amid balloons, cookies, punch and flowers during her macroeconomics class. The Cooke Foundation selected 55 outstanding community college students from around the nation from a competitive pool of nearly 3,000 applicants to receive Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships this year. All of the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have financial need and strong records of academic achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity.

Twenty-five Terra State Community College (Ohio) Medical Assisting Program students who completed their coursework participated in the annual Pinning Ceremony. The ceremony recognizes their transition from the classroom to the real-life medical field. The students will now begin their practicum at community physicians’ offices. Four students received Clinical Excellence recognition: Sarah Kramb of Fostoria, Jessica Cutcher of Bellevue, Natasha Jenkins of Fremont and Elizabeth Runion of Tiffin. Runion also had the honor of serving as the class speaker. This particular ceremony marks the first cohort to complete their studies at the Fostoria Learning Center. Terra State has a partnership with the Learning Center and ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital to offer the Medical Assisting Program in Fostoria.


Tao Hong, an Engineering Science student at Queensborough Community College has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, worth up to $40,000 per year to complete his baccalaureate degree. Hong is one of just 55 community college students from around the nation from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants to receive the transfer scholarships this year. In another extraordinary achievement, Hong has received a two-year 2017 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the sciences. The two-year Goldwater scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. This year 1,286 college sophomores and juniors nationwide from 470 institutions were nominated for the highly competitive Goldwater scholarship. Among the institutions were Yale University, Princeton University, Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Of the 470 institutions, 240 new Goldwater Scholars were selected. Hong is one of only two community college awardees nationwide, the only awardee from CUNY and is one of only two Goldwater awardees from New York.

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