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Garion Rivera has been awarded the prestigious 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.

A dual enrollment student, Garion graduated with honors from IRSC on April 30. He earned his Associate in Arts degree from IRSC prior to his upcoming graduation from South Fork High School on May 31 and has been accepted to complete his college education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While attending IRSC, Garion was President of the Nu Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community and state college students.

75 community college students were selected 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.

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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