CCAC student receives prestigious undergraduate transfer scholarship

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Article by: CCAC Public Relations

PITTSBURGH-Robert Piemme, a student at Community College of Allegheny County's Allegheny Campus, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Piemme with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor's degree.

Piemme, of Blawnox, will graduate this month with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences. In the fall, he will attend the University of Pittsburgh, where he will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. While at CCAC, he has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges. He was also involved in the student ambassador program and served as president of the Political Science club. Before enrolling at CCAC, Piemme lived in Japan learning about Japanese culture.

"Being chosen to receive the Cooke Scholarship is an amazing opportunity. I feel very privileged to receive this honor, and I look forward to being part of the Cooke family and meeting students and alumni from across the country," said Piemme. "The Cooke Scholarship is helping me to pursue my undergraduate in political science and to further my goal of working in the U.S. Foreign Service."

In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Transfer Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff. Additionally, the foundation provides opportunities for internships, study abroad programs and graduate school funding as well as connection to a network of fellow scholars and alumni.

Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The applicants were evaluated based on academic ability, persistence, leadership and service to others. The selected recipients, representing 18 states, have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93. This year's cohort of scholars has applied to the nation's most selective institutions

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