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VWCC student earns prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Lindsey Narmour

Virginia Western Community College’s Lindsey Narmour, a second-year student from Ferrum, has been awarded a 2013 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarships were awarded to 73 of the nation's best community college students who seek to complete their bachelor's degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country, provides up to $30,000 per year for up to three years to community college students who are nominated by their schools based on a number of factors including academic excellence and financial need.

Narmour was one of only two recipients from Virginia, the other hailing from Northern Virginia Community College, and she is the first ever from Virginia Western. Narmour, who will be the student speaker at Virginia Western’s 47th Commencement Ceremony on May 10, plans to attend Hollins University to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree.

“Lindsey has been a true inspiration to her fellow students and a joy for our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Robert H. Sandel, President of Virginia Western. “Her great achievements have been a result of hard work and tremendous dedication, and we can’t wait to see where she goes from here.”

In addition to the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Narmour has been honored as one of only 50 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholars in the nation. She also was the first Virginia Western student to be named a Valley Proteins Fellow by the Virginia Community College System, and she earned t


In the 2013 Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship application cycle, the Foundation received 769 nominations from 377 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia. A highly selective scholarship, the final 73 recipients represent just 9.5% of the total applicant pool. The chosen Scholars stood out for their exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and desire to help others. They were selected by a prestigious committee made up of 37 admissions professionals and professors, mostly from selective four-year institutions, as well as from community colleges.
he Judy Hackworth Memorial Annual Scholarship from the Virginia Western Educational Foundation.

"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer to and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities," said Ms. Dana O'Neill, program manager of the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. "Since this program started in 2002, the Foundation has supported 558 students directly, and thousands more through the Foundation's grant making initiatives."

The application cycle for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program runs from September to early December each year. The Foundation encourages eligible rising sophomores and recent community college graduates (within the last five years) to consider applying for this scholarship.

Narmour is completing her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts and plans to transfer to Hollins University to study English. Her career goals include teaching at the collegiate level.

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