Two Seniors Advance to Final Round for Prestigious Scholarships

Two Hotchkiss seniors have advanced to the final round of consideration for prestigious national scholarship: Priyanka Kumar was named a regional finalist for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and Hayeon Lee was named a semi-finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke College Scholarship Program.  

Kumar was selected as one of 251 regional finalists from among more than 95,000 applications for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, which provides $20,000 for college tuition. In the coming weeks, Kumar will go through a final round of interviews to narrow the pool of 251 seniors to 150 students, who will be awarded the scholarship and have the opportunity to attend a Scholar’s Weekend in Atlanta. 

“The merit scholarship would definitely be helpful towards college, but it would also be an incredible experience to be able to go down to the conference in Atlanta and get to meet other students and leaders across the country as a great network of support as I prepare to graduate high school,” said Kumar. 

Lee was one of 565 students named as semifinalists in the Cooke College Scholarship Program, which awards recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years. This year’s group of semifinalists was chosen from 6,174 applicants.

As an immigrant and first-generation college student, Lee says that the scholarship would open new doors for her. 

“This scholarship does not only affect me, but my chance to give back, grow as a student, and help my family,” she said. Lee is also a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar, A Better Chance Scholar, and the recipient of Hotchkiss’s Allan C. Hoffman Scholarship. 

“Hotchkiss and the Jack Kent Cooke program has opened my eyes to further education,” Lee added. “It has given me a chance to prove my passion for learning and take a different path than many of my friends from home. Once, I was in a position where high school education could be my last form of structured learning. However, now I am in a position where I have a chance to choose my next steps and develop my passions.”