QVCC Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship
Edward Graff, an engineering science student at Quinebaug Valley Community College, has been selected to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
This prestigious scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to approximately 60 students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.
Graff, who is currently an intern at Whitcraft, an aerospace manufacturing company in Eastford, will graduate from QVCC in May. Undecided about where he will transfer to, he has been accepted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the University of Connecticut and the University of Massachusetts (Lowell) and is waiting to hear from Brown University and Dartmouth College. Earlier this year he was accepted into the prestigious National Science Foundation supported Life Support and Sustainable Living program that prepares participants to be part of self-directed teams, helps to further develop inter-personal skills and integrates knowledge and skills from various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines .
Graff, a Danielson resident, admits the news about his scholarship was overwhelming. “The amount of stress and worry that was lifted off of my shoulders was simply amazing,” he said. “Knowing that all of my hard work was beginning to pay off and that my mother would not have to worry about my college debt meant the world to me.”
To be eligible for the program, students must be nominated by their two-year institution. Scholarship recipients are selected by a review panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals who judge the nominees using criteria including achievement and academic ability, financial need, desire to engage in and contribute to the world, self-confidence, and resilience.
According to Mark Vesligaj, professor of engineering science and technology studies at QVCC, “Graff is graduating with the highest GPA of any engineering science major in the college’s history. He is a truly exceptional student and young man.”
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential through education. Its scholarship and direct service programs support the education of approximately 650 students each year, while its grants allows thousands more to engage in challenging educational experiences.