Mt. San Jacinto College student Joseph Stacy has been awarded the 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Only 60 community college students nationwide are recipients of this $30,000 multi-year scholarship that can be used to cover a student's educational expenses including tuition, living costs, and books for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor's degree.
Joseph plans to major in neuroscience or biophysics while completing his undergraduate studies at UCLA or UCSD and then go on to medical school.
Joseph has earned a 3.8 GPA while serving in multiple student leadership positions at MSJC, including President of the MSJC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, Student Representative on the Honors Enrichment Program Faculty Committee, President of the Inter-Club Council, Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, and Vice President of Student Government.
While working in these capacities Joseph organized and participated in community-centered events such as a Low-Tech Challenge where students gave up a piece of technology for one week as a way to stimulate awareness about the role of technology in contemporary society and a Holiday Food and Toy Drive where 44 families in need received gift baskets of food and toys.
Joseph has also been employed as a student tutor and supplemental instructor in the fields of math, chemistry, Spanish, and biology.
As a student, Joseph completed original research that he presented at an Honors Research Conference at the University of California, Irvine where he won second place for his poster presentation on "Is Boiled Water Toxic?"
This summer Joseph plans to travel to Kenya through a Loma Linda University Summer Program where he will be working at a medical clinic.
MSJC student Joseph Stacy, who earned the Jack Kent Cook Scholarship, makes a chess move during the
Hands Across California college awareness event in 2011.