NSC Student Tiffany Carpenter Awarded Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Tiffany Carpenter, Recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Tiffany Carpenter, Recipient of Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

North Seattle College (NSC) student Tiffany Carpenter was recently awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Carpenter is one of only 55 people in the nation and the only recipient in Washington state of this prestigious scholarship. She is also the second North student to win the competitive scholarship since 2012.

“It is unbelievable to be a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship,” said Carpenter. “It is a testament to working hard and doing the most with what you have, so that doors will open.”

The scholarship from the Cooke Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year for completion of an undergraduate degree, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Recipients are also eligible for up to $50,000 to attend graduate school.

Carpenter enrolled at NSC in April 2015 as a Running Start student, unsure of what she wanted to do. She had been home schooled her entire life and welcomed the new adventure with open arms.

It did not take long for Carpenter to immerse herself in campus life and gain the respect of her peers.

During her time at NSC, Carpenter was placed on the dean’s and president’s lists for academic excellence. She was invited to join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, where she eventually served as President of NSC’s on-campus chapter and the Regional Vice President of District 1 for PTK. Earlier this year, she was named as a nominee for the All-Washington Community College Academic Team.

What would Carpenter like to say to other students who may not have the funds to pursue an education?

“Dream boldly, have courage, and take the time to get to know people. There are many opportunities that you don’t even realize are around you,” Carpenter said.

Carpenter earned an Associate in Business degree and an Associate of Arts degree at North and plans to transfer to Seattle University in fall 2017 to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies.

After obtaining her bachelor’s, Carpenter plans to attend law school with the hopes of becoming an attorney for family, employment, and human rights.

“Now that I have been entrusted with this scholarship, I am going to take it and make a difference,” she said.  

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.

Posted on: July 28th, 2017 at 12:26:21

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