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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded a grant of $32,755 to the Montgomery College Foundation to support an exciting student research initiative. The College was one of just eight organizations chosen from a pool of 152 applicants in a very competitive selection process.

The grant will serve 20 high school juniors who are participating in the Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success program. Through the ACES Research Opportunity Scholars Program, students will be paired with Montgomery College faculty and participate in a rigorous year-long college-level research project, with the goal of submitting and presenting their work to at least one research conference and possibly an academic journal.

“We are grateful to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for providing students with this unparalleled opportunity to learn about scholarly research methods,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College.

Through a collaboration between Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Universities at Shady Grove, ACES creates a smooth educational pathway from high school to community college to university using a one-on-one case management approach for students often unrepresented in higher education.

“Students from low- and moderate-income families will benefit from our grants, often getting outstanding educational opportunities beyond the financial reach of their parents,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “The grants will help develop the talents of students in our region, preparing them for success in school and careers.”

The program will begin this summer.

About Montgomery College
Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

About the Cooke Foundation
The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.



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