Dallas College News Update


Madeleine Cornejo Carrillo hopes to continue her studies at the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Southern California.

Media Contact: Debra Dennis; DDennis@DallasCollege.edu

For immediate release — May 9, 2023

(DALLAS) — Dallas College student Madeleine Cornejo Carrillo has been named a Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar.

Cornejo Carrillo, a psychology student at North Lake Campus, is among 60 recipients of the prestigious national scholarship. She was selected from a nationwide pool of more than 1,700 applicants based on academic achievement, unmet financial need, persistence and leadership.

“I’ve been checking my emails over and over again,” said Cornejo Carrillo, who graduates this week from Dallas College. “I cannot believe this. This scholarship means so many things. It was going to be difficult to transfer. I would have been drowning in debt.”

The Cooke Foundation awards community college students who have demonstrated leadership, service and excellence in academics with support to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges. The award can provide as much as $55,000 per year toward tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Additionally, Cooke Scholars are welcomed into the thriving Cooke community and network, receive comprehensive educational and career advising, and are eligible for internship and graduate school funding from the foundation.

“Our goal is to help students take full advantage of a four-year college experience without taking on student debt,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Cooke Foundation.

Cornejo Carrillo is waiting to hear if she has been accepted to the University of Texas at Austin or the University of Southern California to continue her studies.

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