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BCTC's Ebony Nava Awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Ebony Nava, a Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) student, has been awarded the 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship is given to the nation's top community college students to complete their bachelors degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

The scholarship will be for $40,000 per year for up to three years, and Nava will be able to use the award to pay for tuition, room and board, books and required fees, and she will also be able to pursue any area of study and have access to the JKCF Scholar community. The JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Starting in 2002, the scholarship has had 735 recipients to date, and winners are selected based on a criteria focused on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others. photo of Ebony Nava

Nava, who has graduated from BCTC with an Outstanding Associate Degree in Science and the Outstanding Associate Degree in Arts, will be graduating again this May with an Advanced Certificate in Biotechnology. She has a long list of accomplishments during her years at BCTC, including being recently named a 2015 Phi Theta Kappa International Distinguished Chapter Member, as well as a 2013 Kentucky New Century Scholar, Student Government President from 2013-2015, and named to the USA Today All-Academic Team in 2013. She will be the first BCTC student to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

"While this scholarship will make all of my educational dreams a reality, change my life,and the lives of my children and (one day) grandchildren, I realize that I am who I am today thanks to the influence and opportunities provided to me by numerous faculty and staff at BCTC. Their commitment to their students should be commended, encouraged, and recognized as an example to learn from," said Nava.

A total of 2,061 applications were received this year for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, and applications came from 540 community colleges. There are 90 recipients this year and each were chosen by a selection committee consisting of 18 admissions professionals, mostly from four-year universities, as well as community colleges.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards scholarships to exceptionally promising students who have financial need and wish to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to its scholarship programs, the Foundation provides grants for innovative, high-impact initiatives that benefit such students. A prime focus of the Foundation is to help end the Excellence Gap, which is the disparity between the number of low and high-income students who reach the top levels of academic performance.

For more information about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and its scholarship opportunities, please go to: http://www.jkcf.org

BCTC has six campuses and three centers that are within a 30-minute drive of 95% of Central Kentuckians. The college enrolls some 18,000 students annually and provides training for business partners to more than 2,000 employees.