PCC student awarded $30,000-a-year scholarship - Tucson News Now

PCC student awarded $30,000-a-year scholarship

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Source: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website Source: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A Pima Community College honors student has been chosen to receive an exclusive $30,000-a-year scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Jeanette Alcaraz, 23, had been going to PCC and working full-time as a receptionist for an immigration attorney. She says she will now be able to attend The University of Arizona to pursue her studies in economics.

"My parents were thrilled," said Alcaraz. "The scholarship uncomplicates my life and allows me to reach my full potential at school."

Alcaraz graduated from PCC with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts, an HonorsCertificate and Arizona General Education Curriculum certificates in Arts andBusiness, all while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

Alcaraz is one of only 85 recipients of Jack Kent Cooke award. She will receive up to $30,000 a year for three years during her studies at UA. She is the third PCC student to receive the award.

The Jack Kent Cook Foundation is the largest private scholarship for community college students in the U.S. It was created with the intention of helping outstanding young people achieve and excel. Recipients are determined based on grade-point average, critical thinking ability, financial need, will to succeed and interest in activities.

Alcaraz says she hopes to work as a financial analyst and eventually attend law school.

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