Thirteen NOVA Students Selected as Semifinalists for Prestigious 2023 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

March 17, 2023

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is extremely proud to announce that 13 NOVA students have been named as semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Through this prestigious award, the Foundation supports high-achieving community college students, with a demonstrated financial need, who are seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year institutions. 

This year’s 459 semifinalists were chosen from a nationwide pool of more than 1,700 applicants attending 215 community colleges in 38 states. NOVA students represent nearly two-thirds of Virginia semifinalists this year.  In the past 14 years, 22 NOVA students have received the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.    

NOVA’s 2023 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation ‘Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship’ Semifinalists 

  • Rachel Absolu  
  • Jonathan Beck 
  • Kimberly Cocchi 
  • Mariam Debas 
  • Yanci Flores Ramos 
  • Hamed Hamed 
  • Laurie Jimenez 
  • Shannon Left
  • Stefania Piciorea 
  • Dylan Salgado
  • Cindy Tran 
  • Tenzin Tsega  

This scholarship provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for the remainder (up to three years) of the scholar’s undergraduate degree. In addition to financial support, selected scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from the JKC Foundation to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. Undergraduate Transfer Scholars also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad and graduate school funding, and they are connected to a thriving network of nearly 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni. 

To view the national announcement for this year’s NOVA semifinalists, as well as other national semifinalists for the Jack Kent Cooke ‘Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship,’ please go to 

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients are typically announced by early May 2023. For further details, please contact Dr. Shawn Addison, credit for prior learning coordinator, at 

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $230 million in scholarships to nearly 3,000 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $120 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. 

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