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Subject:                                     PRESS RELEASE: LACC student receives the "Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship"


PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                          April 22, 2014

Contact:  Colleen Stringfellow

Office:  323-953-4000 ext. 4010

Direct:  ext. 2242

Los Angeles City College student receives the “ Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship”

cid:9FDBFCA2-4224-4263-8C1A-0B39CCE4DD60@socal.rr.comLACC- Los Angeles City College student, John Niroula, 
was awarded the “Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship” on April 14th, 2014. The award was presented to the student by LACC President, 
Reneé D. Martinez and LACC Foundation Executive Director, Mr. Robert Schwartz. John Niroula is the first recipient at LACC
to receive this scholarship since it was established 
following Mr. Cooke’s death in 1987. The award came as a surprise 	
to the student. LACC Collegian news reporters were present to capture the moment. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has
awarded 85 undergraduate transfer scholarships this year. 
This cohort is the largest in the program’s 13-year history. It’s
85 finalists were selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 
community colleges from 48 states, two U.S. territories, and 
the District of Columbia. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation undergraduate transfer scholarship is the largest private 
scholarship for two-year and community college transfer 
students in the country. The Foundation provides as much 
as $30,000 a year for up to three years to the nation’s best 
low-income community college students seeking to complete 
a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

“The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed 
to helping outstanding community college students transfer to 
and succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities,” said 
Emily Froimson, Vice President of programs at the Foundation. 
Since the program started in 2002, the Foundation has supported 
643 community college students directly, and thousands more through the Foundation’s grant making initiatives. Scholars were                   
selected based on high academic ability and achievements, 
persistence, leadership, and financial need. The average GPA of the 
incoming class is 3.98 and the Scholars come from families with an 
average adjusted gross income of approximately $25,000. They plan 
to attend competitive institutions such as Georgetown, Cornell, 
Stanford and Columbia, as well as numerous selective state universities.

LACC administrators, faculty, staff and students would like to 
congratulate, John Niroula for a job well done in his academic 
performance and for being the first recipient of such a prestigious award. Also, I would like to thank Dr. Danielle Muller for her letter of recommendation that played a vital role in John receiving the scholarship.


Reneé D. Martinez
Los Angeles City College













LACC Foundation Executive Director, Robert Schwartz, LACC student, John Niroula and LACC President, Reneé D. Martinez 



Math Professor Vin Lee, LACC student, John Niroula and LACC President, Reneé D. Martinez













Academic Affairs VP, Dr. Daniel Walden, LACC student , John Niroula and LACC President, Reneé D. Martinez




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