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SWTJC student in running for undergraduate transfer scholarship

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide and in the SWTJC service area, all Fall 2020 Academic and Transfer courses will be offered virtually or remotely via Zoom, Teams, or Canvas Conference. These include classes originally scheduled as regular, in-person face-to-face. Technical Program classes will meet virtually for lecture and meet in-person for hands-on labs, observing safety and social distancing procedures.

SWTJC student in running for undergraduate transfer scholarship

Southwest Texas Junior College student, Riley Rawald, is a semifinalist for a scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to continue to a four-year school.

Rawald is a 2018 graduate of Brackettville High School, Eta Beta Chapter president of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, and member of the STEM club and student activities center.

According to Rawald, he will be pursuing a bachelor’s in digital art and animation at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington, where he has already been accepted.

Rawald said, “I’ve always wanted to inspire other artists as I’ve been inspired and being considered for this scholarship is an amazing way to help do that.”

Through this award, the Foundation supports high-achieving community college students as they transfer to some of the best four-year institutions in the country to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

This year’s 456 semifinalists were chosen from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 311 community colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

“Year after year, we are impressed by the incredible talent and resolve of community college students,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to recognize this outstanding group of semifinalists for their academic achievement.”

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. Selected scholars will receive financial support for up to three years, comprehensive educational advising, and the chance to connect with fellow Cooke Scholars.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on their exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership. Students must be currently enrolled community college students or recent graduates residing in the United States.