23 Virginia Students Named Among This Year’s Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Semifinalists: Almost Half from NOVA

March 20, 2024

The Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation just released its 2024 list of semifinalists for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. On the list are 23 Virginia students — including 11 NOVA Nighthawks! 

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This year, 459 of the 1,600+ community college students who applied for the highly competitive scholarship were named semifinalists. The JKC Foundation evaluates each submission based on students’ academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, leadership and service to others.

In May, the JKC Foundation will name its transfer scholarship finalists.

NOVA is proud of all its students, and we are especially pleased to congratulate our 11 2024 JCK Foundation semifinalists:

  • Tariq Aldalou (Loudoun)
  • Catherine Ercilla (Annandale)
  • Yanci Flores Ramos (Manassas)
  • Amera Jan (Woodbridge)
  • Amirreza Makarem (MEC)
  • Judy Marouf (Annandale)
  • Philip Martin (Woodbridge)
  • Jasmine Mendoza (Woodbridge)
  • Ayma Syeda (Woodbridge)
  • Abigail Thomas (Woodbridge)
  • Syed Huzaifa Tahir Zaidi (Alexandria)

This highly selective national scholarship aims to help very promising students complete their undergraduate education with as little debt as possible. After all institutional aid is applied, this award, which is last-dollar funding, provides students nationwide with as much as $55,000 per year to complete a bachelor’s degree.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded almost $282 million in scholarships to more than 3,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising, career pathway counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $133 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, via NOVA Online and through high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.edu, or call 703.323.3000.

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