Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is excited to announce that ten of our amazing students have been named as semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke “Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.” Only 5% of applicants nationwide are selected as semifinalists, and NOVA has the highest number of semifinalists in Virginia for this year! NOVA leads the nation’s community colleges in successive years of Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer scholars, with 23 winning finalists in the past 15 years.  

This year's NOVA Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Semifinalists

  • Khadra Omar (AL)
  • Hilary “Geneva” Tackie (MA & LO)
  • Sarah Youssef (AL)
  • Makeda Retta (AN)
  • Kenny Chundu (WO)
  • Divine Tsasa Nzita (AL)
  • Yasir Mahboba (MEC & WO)
  • Ola Mohamed (AN)
  • Leena Seyam (MA)
  • Maram Baider (AL)

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a competitive scholarship for community college students showing exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Students in any discipline may apply; and the scholarship grants up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete their undergraduate degree. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board at the college of the scholar’s choice, required fees and books for the remainder (up to three years) of the scholar’s undergraduate study. Scholarship amounts vary depending upon the costs of the institution the scholar attends and any other grants or scholarships that the individual may receive.

Visit here to view the national announcement for the 2021 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The final Jack Kent Cooke scholars will be announced in April. For further information on this announcement, please contact Libby Sears, coordinator of special awards, at esears@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.