Monday, May 2, 2011

MCC-Longview student J.R. Byers receives national scholarship to finish bachelors degree

J.R. Byers
Photo: Byers receives a standing ovation from friends, family, fellow students and faculty at the annual MCC-Longview Awards Reception where he was named the winner of Jack Kent Cooke scholarship.

MCC-Longview student J.R. Byers was named this week a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - a prestigious scholarship that will allow Byers a chance to transfer to the university of his choice to finish his bachelors degree.

The award took Byers by surprise on Sunday at the annual MCC-Longview student and faculty awards ceremony on campus. History instructor Randall Moore announced that J.R. had been named as one of the 50 scholarship recipients throughout the nation.

Surrounded by family and fellow Longview students, Byers said he was elated as he will now be able to work toward a full bachelors degree in Anthropology.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 50 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

Byers is the third MCC-Longview students to be awarded this scholarship.

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