Student Wins renowned Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
2018-2019 Robert & Sherry Wiener Scholarship Recipient
Watch as President Miles surprises non-traditional Honors College and three-time scholarship recipient Monica Victoria with the message that she is the recipient of the prestigious The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Monica with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete her bachelor’s degree.
Full Story – This is to be my final semester here at Westchester Community College (that’s if I survive Calculus) and I feel a nostalgia about my time spent here. The past year has been challenging academically but over-all I have loved every moment of my season here. I came to WCC in the Fall of 2015 uncertain of who I was, meek and doubtful of my scholarly capabilities, and I am leaving here knowing that I am strong, qualified, efficient, accomplished, and intelligent, qualities that have carried over into my personal life and has had a positive effect on my position at work and even in my parenting. That never would have been possible without being a part of the Honors Program and being chosen to travel to Cambridge the summer of 2017 along with the generous scholarship that made it possible for me to go. That same summer I traveled to China with the International Scholar Laureate program in which Phi Theta Kappa was also generous in providing me with a scholarship, opening a door of opportunity, which would have been financially impossible for me without aid. Those experiences abroad have been truly amazing and eye opening and have changed the way I see the world, other people, even myself. Those trips created many learning opportunities that I have been able to transfer into skills that I have implemented into my position at work, especially working in group settings, add seeing A after A on my transcript and maintaining a perfect GPA for a majority of my time here, has given me a confidence and feeling of self-worth I needed in order to overcome many of my self-doubts and fears. Despite the fact that it has taken me longer to graduate than most because I am a single parent working full time doing the constant juggling act, I am determined to see my hard work pay off, but most importantly I want to make my son proud because he is the one with the front row seat, seeing me studying and multi-tasking on a daily basis (he actually read over my speech and checked it for punctuation errors). Receiving scholarships has helped my family and me survive while I attend school and we are grateful to WCC, thankful for the Scholarship Program and a HUGE THANK YOU to donors Arthur & Rebecca Samberg, Joseph & Sophia Abeles, Robert & Sherry Wiener, I hope to one day pay it forward.