June 22, 2016

Glendale Community College proudly announces that the following student has been awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university:
Ilhyun Kim

Ilhyun Kim attended GCC for three semesters and was enrolled in the college’s Scholars Program. He will transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. Ilhyun, also known as Ted, attended South Pasadena High School. He was an international student from Korea who has been in the U.S. for ten years. In high school, he interned at he interned at University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center under Dr. Ite A. Laird for medical research in Small Cell Lung Cancer detection methods. At GCC, he was part of the Winter 2016 organic chemistry research group led by instructor Asmik Oganesyan. Ilhyun’s major is molecular, cell, developmental biology. His long-term goals include earning a PhD in gene therapy and as an MD, specializing in either oncology or dermatology. Outside of his school commitments, he has done volunteer work in the emergency room at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

75 community college students from a competitive nationwide pool this year. All of the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have financial need and strong records of academic achievement as shown by grades, leadership skills, awards, extraordinary service to others and perseverance in the face of adversity.

The Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship in the nation for students transferring from two-year community colleges to four-year institutions that award bachelor’s degrees.

“Many elite colleges and universities are reluctant to admit large numbers of transfer students from community colleges, even when these students have excellent grades and other qualifications,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “This is unfair and unwise. The Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholars have a long record of success at the most selective colleges and graduate schools, such as the Ivy League in the United States and the University of Oxford in Great Britain. These extraordinary young people have proven repeatedly and conclusively that top community college students have the ability to thrive in top four-year colleges. They deserve equal educational opportunity.”

Cooke Scholarships fund the costs of attending college not covered by other financial aid, plus academic advising, stipends for internships, study abroad, and opportunities to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni. In addition, after earning a bachelor’s degree, each Cooke Scholar will be eligible for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 45 percent of the undergraduate students in the United States were attending community colleges in 2014.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. It offers the largest scholarships in the U.S., comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 8th grade to graduate school. Since 2000 it has awarded about $147 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students and $90 million in grants to organizations that serve outstanding low-income students.

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