Top students honored

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation selected six students from Los Angeles Pierce College to be semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship 2020 based on their academic achievements, financial status, and community service.

This national scholarship is known for being highly competitive and can offer students as much as $40,000 annually for up to three years to assist them with earning their bachelor degree. It also enhances community college transfer students’ chances of having their applications viewed by universities.

Honor students Simon Alam, Juan Becerra, Sarkis Chrikjian, Harrison Kotik, Colin Melendez and Fatima Sheyda were selected to receive the scholarship and are in the process of transferring to some of the most prestigious universities in the country. These students along with 456 other semifinalists are chosen out of 1,500 applicants from hundreds of community community colleges all over the nation.

These students are also offered comprehensive educational advising from Foundation staff to assist them with their transfer process.

Students who were considered for this scholarship are majoring in various different fields and have been extremely invested in their application and transfer process for some time.

Two of the students selected by both the Foundation along with the Pierce College Honors Program will present their own research at the University of California, Irvine Community College Honors Research Conference held this spring.

Student Jaun Becerra will be using his research he collected this past summer at Northwestern University to present, “How the News Media Frames Victims of Police Shootings.” Student Sarkis Chrikjian will be presenting, “The Impact of Fatigue Relief Intervention on Pain and Sleep Disturbances in HIV+ Latinx Individuals.”