On January 23, 2020, San Diego Mesa College student Hanan Dirirsa was announced as
a semifinalist for the selective Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the nation’s largest private scholarship for transfer students. The scholarship
supports select high-achieving community college students with up to $40,000 annually
for a maximum of three years as they complete their bachelor’s degree at a four-year
university or college.
This year, Dirirsa is one of 456 semifinalists, chosen from a pool of 1,500 community
college students from 311 community colleges across the nation. A Human Biology major
and STEM Mentor in Mesa College’s STEM Peer Mentoring program, she has been an active leader on-campus, supporting other students’ success in her
mentor position and in her involvement with the Women in Science Club. Dirirsa is
also an AS Student Senator and serves as a student representative on the Mesa College
Foundation Board. She is on track to transfer this fall and hopes to pursue a career
in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Several of Mesa College’s students have been selected as semifinalists in previous
years including Sofia Staedler in 2019 and Restileon Asuncion, Daria Zavyalova, and
Cole McDaniel in 2017.
Last year, 61 students were awarded the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
In addition to the monetary prize, the winners received educational advising, opportunities
for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding. This year’s recipients
will be notified of their success later this spring.
Since 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has provided support services and educational
advising to more than 2,600 students, and has awarded over $200 million in scholarships.
To learn more about the ways the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is advancing students’ education, and to see if you qualify for a scholarship, visit
their website at jkcf.org.
Tags: Jack Kent Cooke, Scholarships, STEM, Women in Science