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Business Major Named Cooke Scholarship Semifinalist


Enrique BarandaEnrique Baranda, a 4.0 GPA Honors Student and PTK Member at Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC), has been named a semifinalist for the highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. 

The Hemet resident and business major also has served as the Regional Southeast District Vice President for the Nevada/California Region of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK). Baranda, a first-generation college student, has also received the received the PTK Distinguished Chapter Officer Award. 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports high-achieving community college students with financial need seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year  

Since its inception, the Cooke Foundation has selected Transfer Scholars from over 337 community colleges and has awarded more than $54 million in transfer scholarships. 

This year’s 440 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants attending 180 community colleges in 35 states. 

The Undergraduate Scholarship offers unmatched support to community college students seeking to complete their education at top four-year institutions. In addition to financial support, selected Cooke Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from the Foundation to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for their careers. Undergraduate Transfer Scholars will additionally receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and Alumni. 

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced by early May. 

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled in community college or recent alumni.