Montgomery College Student Wins One of 60 Prestigious National Scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation  Scholarship to Aid Lesli Flores Transfer to a Four-Year University

Montgomery College student Lesli Flores has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that will provide up to $30,000 each year for tuition, books and living expenses to use at the four-year transfer institution of her choice. She is one of approximately 50 community college students across the country selected to receive this prestigious scholarship, which is the largest private scholarship program for community college transfer students in the country. It marks the third consecutive year a Montgomery College student has received this scholarship award. “In selecting Lesli Flores for its transfer scholarship, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has chosen a young woman who personifies spirit and perseverance,” said Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “Lesli’s accomplishments at our College are truly inspiring, especially when you consider that she began learning English only a few years ago.”

To escape an increasingly violent and gang-ridden area of Guatemala, Flores and her family immigrated to the United States in 2005. With little knowledge of the English language, Flores worked tirelessly and successfully graduated from Northwood High School in Silver Spring.

She recently concluded her studies at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, and she will graduate with a 3.62 grade point average at the commencement ceremony on May 18, 2012. A general studies major, Flores served as an active leader on campus. She recently concluded her term as president of the Rockville Campus chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and president of the College’s First Year Experience program, which helps mentor new students.

Flores has been accepted to American University and the Skadden Arps Legal Studies Program at the City University of New York. She would like to study criminal, international and immigration law at the college she chooses to attend.

“I know of no student whom I have taught in my six years at Montgomery College who more deserves and will bring as much distinction to the award,” said Ellen Olmstead, professor of English and collegewide director of the Developmental Writing Program at Montgomery College. “She is both an exceptional student and a wonderful young person who has garnered a sense of her abilities and seeks to realize her full potential intellectually, professionally and personally.”

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