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October 15, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

GMC Student Receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

POULTNEY, VT -- Neida Soto '11 of Marietta, Ga., was awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship to attend Green Mountain College. Soto's award comes from the foundation's Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program which awards scholarships each year to 30 of the nation's best community college students, helping them transfer to four-year colleges and universities to complete their bachelor's degree. This year, 30 students were selected from a pool of 485 applicants.

One of eight children, Soto came to Georgia from Mexico when she was an infant. Her parents encouraged her and her siblings to do their best in school. "Thankfully, never did they place work over schoolwork, as many other families like ours did," Soto said. "There is still so much more for me to learn, and attending a four-year institution will keep my dreams within reach."

At Andrew College, a two-year college in Cuthbert, Ga., offering associate degrees, Soto earned Phi Theta Kappa and won both the Excellence in Mathematics and Excellence in Creative Writing awards. She was a President's List and Dean's List student at Andrew, and starred for the college's soccer team. At GMC, she plays soccer and volunteers at the College farm.

According to the foundation, many of the six million students who attend two-year community colleges face difficulty achieving a four-year degree. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship program gives a much-needed financial boost to promising students who need help to complete their college education. The scholarship 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 needed to achieve a bachelor's degree.


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