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Two Montgomery College Students Awarded Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Daniel Albuquerque and Fidelis Militante, both 2015 Montgomery College graduates, have been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $40,000 each year for tuition, books and living expenses to use at the four-year transfer institution of their choice.

The Foundation provides scholarships for up to three years for the nation’s best low-income community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. This year, the Foundation received 2061 applications from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and one U.S. territory. This year’s 90 recipients are the 14th and largest cohort with applications coming from 540 community colleges. “I am so proud of Fidelis Militante and Daniel Albuquerque for winning the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “Their success both inside and outside of the classroom demonstrates that all students can achieve great things.” To see a Montgomery College Television video of the surprise announcement, click here.

Albuquerque is an engineering major who plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology. Originally from India, Albuquerque’s family waited 11 years for an immigration visa; he began classes at Montgomery College just three months after arriving in the United States. While at Montgomery College, he was the president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Club and active in Engineers without Borders. He also mentored middle school students interested in science and engineering as a STEM ambassador.

Militante is a nursing major who plans to attend the Ivy League’s University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified nursing assistant and emergency medical responder. In addition, Militante was the vice president of the Rockville Student Senate and Phi Theta Kappa, a new student orientation leader, and president of the Renaissance Scholars Honor Club. She is originally from the Philippines.

Scholars were selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership, financial need and a desire to help others. Since the program started in 2002, the Foundation has awarded the scholarship to 735 community college students.

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