News from Montgomery College

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Date: April 29, 2004


Montgomery College Student to Receive
Prestigious National Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Will Honor
Dede Adomayakpor April 30

 Friday, April 30 – 2 p.m.

Globe Hall
High Technology and Science Center
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD

            Montgomery College student Dede Adomayakpor will be honored at the College’s Germantown Campus Annual Honors Awards Convocation, on Friday, April 30, at 2 p.m., for winning one of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships.  Adomayakpor will use the scholarship to pay for tuition, room and board, books, and fees after transferring to the four-year institution of her choice.  The award can total up to $30,000 per year, depending on costs or grants received. 

 Adomayakpor, a native of Togo, Africa and now a Germantown resident, came to the United States after she graduated from high school.  She felt America would have “greater opportunities” and a community college would help her transition to a four-year college.  At Maryland’s largest and most diverse community college, Adomayakpor is an economics major, a library student assistant, and a math lab tutor.  She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the national two-year college honor society, and a Millennium Scholar, an evening honors program for students with a 3.2 grade point average and above.  Last summer, Adomayakpor volunteered at Asbury Methodist Village, helping in the Wellness Center.  She received the assisted living facility’s Student Presidential Award for her work there.

More than 850 students or recent graduates were nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships by community and two-year colleges across the United States.  A panel of experts chose the 27 scholars, including Adomayakpor, based on academic excellence, financial need, will to succeed, leadership ability, service to others, and interest in or appreciation for the arts.

Last year, two Montgomery College students were among the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship recipients: Carine Nadem, who was a student at the Germantown Campus, is now attending Dickinson College in Pennsylvania; and Donald Washington, who was a student at the Rockville Campus, is now enrolled at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

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