Yassine Fouchal is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Fouchal with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree.
In addition to the monetary award, Fouchal will receive comprehensive educational advising from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation staff to guide him through the process of transitioning to a four-year school and preparing for his career. The Foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a growing network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.
Yassine Fouchal of Sierra Vista aspires to become an astronaut. He is majoring in engineering and plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in aerospace or physics engineering. Continuing his education, he aims to receive a Ph.D. in Aerodynamics and Propulsion, Space Systems, Applied Physics, or Fluid and Thermal Science. Fouchal also placed on the All-Arizona First Team and is a Coca-Cola Academic Team Gold Scholar. He has been an active participant in leadership roles as the committee chairperson for Honors in Action and vice president of the Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Mu Zeta Chapter. He also volunteers in many different college and community events and activities.
“Our recent ‘Persistence’ report highlights the vast potential, and achievements, of community college transfer students — who go on to outperform their non-transfer peers at selective four-year institutions,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “In an era where many high-achieving students often begin their higher education journey in community college, the Foundation is committed to enabling these transfer students to pursue their academic dreams at the nation’s top colleges and universities.”
Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The recipients selected represent 18 different states have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93.
“I want to thank the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation for acknowledging my hard work, for believing in me and my struggle, and for giving me a chance to be part of the Cooke family,” Fouchal said. “I would like to also thank all of my amazing instructors and faculty members at Cochise College. Thank you for being part of my journey.”