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FULLERTON COLLEGE STUDENT AND SINGLE MOTHER OF FIVE WINS $30,000 UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP
FULLERTON, CA – On Monday, April 7, 2014 Fullerton College student and single mother of five Lisa Haygood received a $30,000 graduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. She was presented with the award during a surprise classroom visit by President Rajen Vurdien and members of his staff.
A returning student, Haygood put off attending college in favor of raising her children. With the support of her family, she enrolled at Fullerton College in 2012 and has since been a model student, carrying 12 or more units each semester while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Haygood, a member of the college’s Honors Program, will graduate from the college this May with three associate degrees – Political Science, History, and Arts & Human Expression. This fall she will continue her studies at the University of California, Irvine and hopes to one day become a teacher.
The Jack Kent Cooke 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 85 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.