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Date: April 30, 2004 (04-47)

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Montgomery College-Germantown Student Receives Prestigious National Scholarship to Transfer to Four-year College or University
 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Will Aid Dede Adomayakpor  

            Montgomery College student Dede Adomayakpor was recently selected as the recipient of a highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, which will award up to $30,000 for tuition, fees, books, room and board, during each of her next two years at a four-year college or university.  Adomayakpor’s scholarship is one of 27 awarded by the Foundation to graduating community college students for use at the transfer institution of their choice, enabling students to continue their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree.     

“We are so proud that, once again, one of our honors students has received such a generous scholarship,” said Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley.  “The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation made an extraordinary commitment this year to award its undergraduate scholarships only to community college students.  Transferring to four-year colleges and universities can sometimes be financially out of reach for those students who are working to put themselves through school.  With this financial assistance, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has ensured that hard-working students, such as Dede Adomayakpor, will be able to continue their educations.”

To be considered for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship, students had to be nominated by their community colleges.  The 27 awardees were selected from a nationwide pool of 863 applicants based on their academic excellence, financial need, will to succeed, leadership ability, service to others, and interest in or appreciation for the arts.   

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. 

“With only one university in Togo, my educational options were limited,” said Adomayakpor.  “Attending college in the United States has allowed me to continue my studies.  One of the most amazing aspects of attending a community college has been the ability to interact with my professors.  This has been a very positive factor in my studies at Montgomery College and I would like to continue my education in this type of setting.”

At Maryland’s oldest 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.  This spring, Adomayakpor has interned at the Smithsonian Institution, working on the accounting related to Folkways Recordings.  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.

“I believe Dede is representative of the best qualities of the students at our campus,” said Dr. Lucy E. Laufe, anthropology professor at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus.  “She left Togo to get an education, mastered living in another culture, and excelled academically.  It is indicative of her character that her success is defined not only by her accomplishments that have been achieved through hard work, but also by contributions to the campus and community at large.”

Adomayakpor will graduate from Montgomery College with honors on Friday, May 21.  She plans on transferring to a four-year liberal arts college to continue working on a bachelor’s degree in economics.  In the future, Adomayakpor dreams of earning her doctorate in economics and working at the World Bank.  She also wants to take time to mentor international students at community colleges. 

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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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park, plus workforce development and continuing education centers in Gaithersburg, Wheaton and  Silver Spring. The College serves nearly 50,000 students a year, through both credit and non-credit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.