Six PGCC Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semifinalists

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Article by: Tabresha B. Langham

For Immediate Release


Six PGCC Students Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semifinalists

LARGO, Md. (Feb. 8, 2019) -- Six Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) students have been named semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship. They were among those chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants from 45 states and Washington, D.C.

Precious Lawal, Business Administration, December 2018 
Fawziyah Alebiosu, Computer Science, May 2019
Edward Alain Kuisseu Tatchim, Computer Science, May 2019
Ukeme Anwana, General Studies, May 2019
Stacey Davies, General Studies, May 2019 
Excel Alale, Computer Science, May 2019  

Alebioso recalls being in class on the first day back from winter break when she received the email saying “Congratulations.” Kim Johnson, manager, Special Scholarships Program, was the first person she told. She said Ms. Johnson was very supportive throughout the application process.

“I’ve had peers who’ve gone through the process before at PGCC and I watched them finish the process and not become finalists, and I told myself that I want to work on the application for a long time,” she said. She worked on the application for six months and nervously awaits to hear if she will be named a finalist.

Tatchim, who is considering transferring to University of Maryland, College Park, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and Stanford University, was also shocked at the news. “Wow! Really, nothing is impossible,” he thought when he saw the email.

The scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards for community college students who transfer to top four-year colleges to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Selected scholars will be announced in April with the chance to receive up to $40,000 per year to attend an accredited four-year college of their choice.

About Prince George’s Community College
Named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security (2015-2020), Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) provides high-quality education and training for the progressive and career-oriented residents of Prince George’s County. From new high school graduates and career seekers to more seasoned professionals and senior citizens looking to enhance their skillsets, PGCC is comprised of students who represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and goals. Serving nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college is the first choice for higher education for residents of Prince George’s County. 
Collaborative partnerships, responsive degree and training programs, and a commitment to student success enable PGCC to address diverse education and workforce development demands. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu. Prince George’s Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; (267-284-5000); www.msche.org. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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