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Sophomore named semifinalist for national scholarship

Sophomore named semifinalist for national scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced today that Independence Community College Sophomore Munira Jorayeva is a semifinalists for its highly selective Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Through this award, the Foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the best four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Jorayeva, an international student at ICC from Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan, is one of 456 semifinalists chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia. She is one of three finalists in the state of Kansas.

“Year after year, we are impressed by the incredible talent and resolve of community college students,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to recognize this outstanding group of semifinalists for their academic achievement.”

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Selected scholars will receive financial support for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with fellow Cooke Scholars.

“We want to congratulate Ms. Jorayeva for this amazing achievement,” said ICC Interim President George Knox. “I know she will continue to represent ICC and our academic programs well in the next chapter of her college career.”

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students or recent graduates residing in the United States.

During her time at ICC, Jorayeva has been active in Student Government Association and has served as a peer tutor in the college’s tutoring center and performed in several theater productions.