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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College student and Get2College Corps member Meghan Nguyen has been awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for high-achieving community college students. Meghan, of Ocean Springs, will receive $40,000 per year to attend a four-year college or university.

Scholarship recipients are chosen based on strong records of achievement in the areas of grades, leadership skills, and service to others. Meghan is one of only 61 students in the nation to receive the award. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Cooke Scholars are also eligible to apply for a scholarship for graduate school worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

While a student at MGCCC, Meghan served as a Get2College Corps member. A program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, the Get2College Corps is a competitive paid internship for high-achieving community college students. As a part of the program, Corps members are trained to help Mississippi students and their families complete the FAFSA. 

“I am so excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to see where it leads,” Meghan said. “I could not have done this without the help, generosity and support of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation. WHEF and especially the Get2College program will always have a special place in my heart.”

Meghan is an active member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and has also received scholarships from Pearson Higher Education, Coca-Cola and the Tennessee Valley Authority. She plans to transfer to Mississippi State University where she will major in chemical engineering and minor in mathematics and business administration.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided more than $100 million in grants to organizations that serve students.