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Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship 2020

kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
Hi Everyone! Just wanted to start a new thread to communicate with everyone applying for the JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship this November.

Let's get through this together! Feel free to mention your cc location, etc.

-California Community College
-Political Science Major
edited April 2
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hey there! I was selected as a JKC Semifinalist last year. I have been accepted to Columbia University and the University of Michigan. I was unable to start this year due to complications related to a recent, major surgery. As such, I am eligible to reapply for the JKC Undergrad Transfer Scholarship this year, so that is what I am going to do!

    I am going to double major in Sociology and Philosophy with a minor in Women's studies. I will be/am (starting in the next 3 weeks) teaching Theatre in a forensic psychiatric facility (for people who are being evaluated for mental fitness prior to trial) as well as participating in a Philosophy in Prison program at a women's correctional facility. I am also a member of the Editorial Committee for a Prisoner Creative Writing Journal published through the University of Michigan, and a CASA (court appointed special advocate for abused and neglected children) volunteer.
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @JellyPeeps Hey! I remember you from last year! I was a semifinalist with you as well. I hope you are doing well regarding your major surgery. I was accepted to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and a couple of other institutions but I was having health complications since February and decided to stay home for an extra year. Now I am doing well so I am using this extra year to reapply to JKCF and be productive at my CC and beyond!

    Wow, you're amazing, I really appreciate your commitment to community service! Best of luck in the application process, have you started?
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hey there! I thought that was you. LOL. I thought about applying to UC Berkley. I might do that in my off year and reapply to Stanford (rejected last year). I actually panicked after getting a couple of big rejections and withdrew all my pending applications (Please don't try that at home.)

    But, I am glad we will be reapplying together. If you want to brainstorm application changes, let me know. I am pretty sure I know where I went wrong, so I will be working on mine soon. But in the Common App it gives you the open to transfer all information and then update or start over. I am not sure which is better yet, so that is the only reason I haven't started yet.

    It sounds like you have a plan in place! That is awesome.
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited September 2019
    @JellyPeeps I will message you soon regarding the application for JKCF. I know what I did wrong too and even if there exists such thing as "wrong," I know that my next application will be much better quality this time. We got this!

    Also, yeah I'm nervous to apply to private schools after seeing a couple of rejections last round but I know that if we put in the effort, we can fare well! Let's do this!!!

    Also, I chose not to transfer information on my common app. My common app was so messy so I am restarting
    edited September 2019
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I think I will completely redo my application as well. Mine wasn't too bad, but it definitely wasn't as clean as it could have been. Plus this will give me a chance to look at it with fresh eyes.
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  • thelegitbrianthelegitbrian 36 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Hey everyone,
    Wake Tech Community College, Associates in Science trying to major in Biology. organic chemistry is destroying me rn lol
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @thelegitbrian Hey there! When are you looking at transferring? Which schools are you looking at?
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    @thelegitbrian Yo! I honestly can't relate, but I have a bunch of friends who are also dying from o-chem LOL
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hey y'all. So, I have been accepted to two schools already, but I have decided to reapply to some rejects from last year (Stanford, Princeton, UPENN) and just see what happens. Of course, I am thrilled with my options now and feel good about the choice I make, but, since I have extra time... Who knows.

    As for o-chem... that is above my pay grade. LOL.
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  • RefrkaRefrka 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hello everyone.

    My name is Luke, an undergrad biochemistry major in California. I got notification of eligibility for this scholarship today. I've never heard of it before now, but I have an appointment with a counselor setup tomorrow to begin the application process.

    The first thing that comes to mind is that fact that I have 0 volunteer hours (I did some work with a homeless shelter for a class last semester, so there's that I suppose). I assume that community work is a big part of getting picked, so is it too late for me to start logging hours?

    Glad there's a discussion on this, I'm going into it pretty blind.
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    edited September 2019
    @Refrka Hi! If you look at the JKCF undergraduate transfer scholarship webpage, it says that 93% of their scholarship finalists participate in civic or community service, and all of the many past scholars I have met had HEAVY civic and community involvement (MEANINGFUL volunteer hours).

    It seems like they're looking for students with activities and commitments like that, but I wouldn't let it discourage you. APPLY! you never know until you apply! It isn't the ONLY thing they judge applicants on. Good luck!
    edited September 2019
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    For everyone reading this, have you begun the application process yet?

    Also, feel free to list your stats. I notice that the previous forums had many people doing that.
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  • thelegitbrianthelegitbrian 36 replies1 threads Junior Member
    I am thinking about applying to Duke, UNC, Princeton, cornell, and standford.
    I do have a question about Princeton though, does anyone see the princeton application on common app transfer because I cant find it on there when I type their university in. Yale isnt on there either so I'm wondering if anyone else is having this issue.

    As for stats since kb asked, 4.0 but that is bound to change probably after this semester.
    And... yeah idk what other stats Kb meant besides gpa. I guess honors program and phi theta kappa and other stuff I do.
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    We can follow this template by @RainbowBritey

    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:

    Here to empower and motivate each other through the application process, can't wait to start this journey with everyone!
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @Refrka community service is an important qualification for this scholarship, but don't count yourself out if you don't have a lot of it. Look at your life situation and see if there are other things that you can highlight. Maybe you spend every Sunday visiting with your grandparents. Maybe you are very involved in Church/church activities. Are you involved with a lot of activities, clubs, etc. at school? Do you watch someone's kids so they can pick up extra hours so they can x, y, z. There are all types of involvement that you can show, just make sure you highlight things that are meaningful to you. You might need to get a little creative with it though.

    @thelegitbrian Not all of the applications are released at the same time. Just keep checking back! Those are good schools! I am excited for you.
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    I am 42 years old, married with no kids. I am a VA Caregiver for a 100% service-connected disabled veteran and I hold a professional job. I dropped out of high school and got a GED. I attempted to go to college on 4 separate occasions and I did very poorly and/or dropped out each time. I started back to school 2 years ago and finished classes for my associates degree in December 2018.

    Ethnicity: Native American and White
    Hooks: IDK on this one-interesting childhood, Military child and then spouse, plan to continue the research my mother started during her PhD program (she died before completing her PhD)
    Recs: Ethics/Philosophy Professor, Statistics Professor, Honors Writing Professor
    SAT/ACT: None

    Last year I applied to:
    Brown's RUE program, Columbia GS, Cornell, Loyola Chicago, Princeton, Stanford, University of Michigan (UM), University of Pennsylvania, Williams College, and Yale's Eli Whitney Program.

    Accepted: Columbia, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    Rejected: Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Williams, Yale
    Application withdrawn: Cornell, Loyola, University of Pennsylvania

    This year:
    Princeton, Stanford.

    Here is a summary of my time at my community college:

    Graduated magna cum laude (3.868 out of 4.00 GPA) on December 16, 2018, degree conferred May 4, 2019.

    Awards and Scholarships:
    o 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Semifinalist
    o 2017 David Cobb – Dearborn Outer Drive Kiwanis Club Scholarship recipient
    o Awarded the “Blue Ribbon of Excellence” for distinction in research at the UM-UROP Summer Symposium

    Henry Ford College:
    o Concentration: Sociology & Philosophy; Graduation date: December 16, 2018
    o Relevant courses: Ethics, Honors Directed Research (2), Honors Great Works, Honors Writing and Research, Logic, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics
    o Officer: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Vice President of Scholarship 2017-18, 2018-19
    o Member: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
    o Honors Program 2017-18, 2018-19 (all eligible semesters)
    o Dean’s List: Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018 (all eligible semesters)

    University of Michigan:
    o 2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program-Community College Summer Research Fellowship
    o Field: Social Sciences; Projects: Prison Letter Project; MOVE Bombing (1985)
    o Conducted archival research (with a Pulitzer Prize winning author) in the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University
    o Awarded the “Blue Ribbon of Excellence” at the Summer Symposium
    o 2018 Community Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL) Event
    Guest Panelist and Program Contributor

    Professional Memberships:
    o American Psychological Association (APA); APA Div. 8, 9, 46, 48
    o Association for Psychological Science (APS)
    o International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) attendee; Paris, France March 7 – 9, 2019: Women in Cognitive Science mentoring event (mentee); Emotions in Group Conflict and Cooperation (workshop participant)
    o Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC)
    o Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

    Other Involvement/Service
    o Philosophy in Prisons co-teaching program: This is a program that pairs undergrads and prison inmates to co-teach philosophy and ethics. This program culminates with an ethics bowl. The teams are mixed with both students and inmates
    o Certified Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver
    o Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children: Specially trained, court-appointed volunteer advocate, acting on behalf of abused, neglected, or abandoned children both in and out of the courtroom
    o Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Arts, Editorial Committee Member
    o Prison Creative Arts Project Workshop Facilitator: I will teach (first workshop in 2 weeks) theatre workshops at a forensic hospital that provides diagnostic and psychiatric testing, services, and treatment for "criminal defendants adjudicated incompetent to stand trial or acquitted by not guilty by reason of insanity." I will also teach creative writing in a women's prison (again, starting in 2 weeks).
    o Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office Citizen’s Academy; September 2017 – October 2017: Seven-week course on the MI criminal justice system and criminal prosecution in Wayne County
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  • kercher4kercher4 1 replies0 threads New Member
    Hey all! I am just starting on my application for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship 2020. So far I have understood that the scholarship can apply to any undergraduate program at any accreditated university but I have not been able to locate my preferred program in the list. It is also not listed on JKC transfer requirement grid at https://help.liaisonedu.com/@api/deki/files/5814/CA_Transfer_Requirement_Grid.pdf?revision=1.

    I am seeking a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies from the University of Illinois Champaign- Urbana.
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    @kercher4 You can email the JKCF and ask them about your school, but I am pretty sure that one is fine. But, I would email them to double check.

    Also, if you are referring to not being able to find the school on the Common App, it just might not have been released yet. You can give it some time or contact admissions to find out when their application goes live.

    Good luck!
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  • kb199977kb199977 241 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hey how is everyone doing? Hows the application going?
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  • JellyPeepsJellyPeeps 212 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hey, peeps! I was about to post an update when you posted. :)

    I decided to transfer all my information as the common app gives you the option to review/revise/delete each section. I am about 60-70% done with it. Last year I powered through it all at once and got myself all stressed out, so this year I am working a little at a time and then stopping. When I go back in I review my previous sections and then work on new sections, that way each section gets several reads.

    This thread has been super quiet, but maybe it picks up once everyone has applied?
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