(February 8, 2018) – Alanna Anderson and Jennifer Willett, students at Hagerstown Community College, have been named finalists for the 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.
Anderson, 17, of Hagerstown, has a 3.667 grade-point average and is a student in HCC’s STEMM Technical Middle College. She will graduate in May 2018 with an associate degree in cybersecurity and a degree in computer science. After graduation, she plans to transfer to the University of Maryland or the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to obtain a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Anderson ultimately wants to be a cybersecurity consultant and provide translation services.
Willett, 37, of Boonsboro, has a 3.944 grade-point average and will graduate from HCC in May 2018 with an associate degree in general studies. She transferred to Shepherd University for the spring semester to obtain a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Willett plans to earn a doctoral degree and become a professor to educate students about environmental conservation.
Each year, the Cooke Foundation selects outstanding community college students from around the nation from a competitive pool of nearly 3,000 applicants to receive undergraduate transfer scholarships. 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.
The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees. Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. To learn more, visit www.jkcf.org.
Photo caption: Jennifer Willett (left) and Alanna Anderson (right).