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Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship Applicants 2019-2020

RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
Hello everyone!
I couldnt find a thread for this cycle's JKCF applicants so I decided to start one. The application deadline is Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone.
The application details can be found here: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarship/
I am excited to get to know other applicants on this thread as we go through the process, previous year's threads were beautiful communities in their own right and I hope we can create the same thing here.

Replies to: Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship Applicants 2019-2020

  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    This is unabashedly copied from last years thread (credit to @AGoodFloridian )... it should get the conversation started!

    If any of you would like to break the ice by sharing a little bit about yourselves, feel free to do so! You can use the following template, or just write normally.

    University: (your top picks)


    College GPA:

    Volunteer Hours (approx):

    Other stats:


    Essays (Personal opinions/critiques):

    Teacher Recs:

    Other Rec:

    Hook (if any):

    State or Country:

    Community College:


    Sex at Birth:

    Other Factors:
  • writerk123writerk123 Registered User Posts: 15 Junior Member
    @RainbowBritey Hello! Glad there are people checking this site. I was contemplating creating this thread. Thanks for creating it :)
  • JnavasJnavas Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Good morning @RainbowBritey and @writerk123 my name is Johanna. Have you guys submitted your applications yet? I submitted my today. I wish you both the best of luck!
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Hey @Jnavas and @writerk123 I submitted mine on November 15th but I am still getting the reminders to submit which are totally freaking me out haha! I'm glad I am no longer alone on this thread. What part of the app did you guys find most difficult? For me it was the resume/CV, trying to cram a life into a reasonable length document meant I left out a whole lot of things but I think I included enough detail in the activities section of the common app to make up for it.... I hope!
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Also, now that I am no longer talking to myself, here is some of my info:
    University Picks - Yale, UCB, UCLA, UCSC
    GPA - 4.0
    Volunteer hours - a few hundred, I only started logging these fairly recently, I am an immigrant and had no idea we were supposed to claim our hours, where I come from we just do things, we dont talk about them or track hours for recognition haha!
    Essays - medium, I think, feedback was really good but I am never certain I have communicated what I want to say effectively.
    Teacher recs - I chose people who know me well and went with one who can speak to my academic strength and one who knows me through campus advocacy work so hopefully they shared different aspects of my character. They're both lovely human beings and excellent writers so I am confident that these will be strong.
    I didn't do another rec - was it possible?
    I am an immigrant, a returning student and a parent. I've done some reasonably successful advocacy work on my campus and beyond and I am genuinely obsessed with community and collaboration. I hope that I shared that effectively and that there is a space for me in JKCF because this program is exciting and I really want to be part of it.

    I have been stalking previous year's threads for info about how long the process takes and what happens next, the deadline hasn't even come up yet and I am already itching for information - so impatient :D

    Please tell me about you?
  • JnavasJnavas Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    edited November 2018
    Hi, @RainbowBritey I'm an immigrant as well a DACA recipient. Are you one as well? It's nice to meet you. Currently, the deadline has been extended so I'm not sure what the next step will be but if I find out anything I'll let you know.
  • Alexcee7Alexcee7 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi everyone. This is my second time applying for this scholarship. I submitted my application yesterday around 7:00p.m. It looks like they extended the deadline until December 2. Good luck to everyone applying.
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    Hey Johanna, I’m not a DACA recipient but I know one who was a JKCF finalist last year! I’m from a small African country and came to the US on a DV Visa... Donald Trump is probably not my biggest fan haha
  • CCtoAlaskaCCtoAlaska Registered User Posts: 583 Member
    Do you apply for this scholarship in your final year at CC?
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    @CCtoAlaska Yes! Here is the exact phrasing from their website because there is a little bit of wiggle room in there for students taking a gap between CC and Uni:
    "Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of January 1, 2019, or a recent graduate (since spring 2014)"
  • franknetterfranknetter Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @RainbowBritey , it seems like you stand a great chance winning this scholarship! May I ask what country you're from, and did you consider taking the SAT/ACT? Has anyone from your college won this scholarship in the past? I'm just wondering if the standardized test score reports increase one's chances. Please, feel free not to answer if you don't want to.
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    @franknetter That is very kind of you to say, thank you. Students from my college have won a few times, I know of two in the past decade or so. I considered taking the SAT but decided against it - I have enough to keep me busy with juggling school, work, parenting and community responsibilities, and I just figured the SAT was probably not that important. I may be wrong though? Have you taken the SAT? Are you applying for the JKCF program in this cycle?
  • franknetterfranknetter Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    @RainbowBritey , yes I am applying this cycle. I am taking the SAT soon, but obviously it is not for this scholarship, since I already turned in my application. I feel like I should have taken the SAT earlier- I think it helps because there is a section on the application that requires test score reports- and most top schools (especially the Ivy Leagues) that they want us to apply to often recommend turning in a test score report. However, I may be wrong. I think I have a low chance of getting this scholarship considering my GPA is low, but I decided to give it a shot since I have nothing to lose, and just keep my fingers crossed and see what happens.
  • RainbowBriteyRainbowBritey Registered User Posts: 72 Junior Member
    @franknetter what are your stats? I am sure there are many things beyond GPA that make you a strong candidate for JKCF. A lot of the Ivy Leagues have programs for returning students that don't require SATs but I am impressed that you're taking the test anyway. My husband and I spoke about it for a long time but ultimately felt that because we are California CC students we are most likely to end up at one of the (amazing) UC schools and they don't consider SATs for transfers, it was not worth the investment of time and money for us. That said, the SAT is still recommended for students applying to some of the programs, like Yale's Eli Whitney, so we will definitely be at a disadvantage there.
    Did you grow up outside the US or just not take the SAT in high school? How do you feel about your application if you consider it holistically?
  • FinishingTheAppFinishingTheApp Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    Hello everyone! Just thought I'd drop by and say hello. I actually applied last year and made Semifinals. My College Representative recommended I apply again so here I am. Wishing everyone the best as the waiting game begins!
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