With his good grades, determination to help others and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship paying for all his school and living expenses, Dillon DeWitt could have transferred from Macomb to just about any university in the country. He chose Loyola in Chicago, because it is committed to “knowledge in the service of humanity,” to pursue degrees in social work.
Yes, you read that first sentence right. The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship is covering all of DeWitt’s expenses, up to $40,000 a year, so that he can focus on his studies. And the scholarship will be extended to cover the cost of graduate school as well.
The largest private scholarship awarded to community college students in the country, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, however, is not commonly known. DeWitt had never heard of it until a Macomb communique passed over his computer screen last year. He decided to apply and was “thrilled,” when he found out he had received it.
The scholarship is intended for community college students with a minimum 3.5 grade point average, demonstrated financial need and a desire to help others. Students who receive it are encouraged to apply at the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. For more information, visit http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/.
Jack Kent Cooke, by the way, was an entrepreneur who owned many sports teams, including the Washington Redskins and the Los Angeles Lakers. The bulk of his $825 million estate was used to establish the foundation following his death in 1997.
Dillon DeWitt, who graduated from Macomb in May, now lives in Chicago, where he will begin attending Loyola University this fall on a full-ride scholarship.