Honor Students Awarded Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholars

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md.—Carlos Biaou (College Park, Md.) and Satcha Robinson (Cheverly, Md.), honor students at Prince George’s Community College, have each received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship worth $30,000 per year. They are two of 60 community college students nationwide selected from among more than 1,000 nominations and have distinguished themselves both in and out of the classroom. Biaou and Robinson will transfer to University of Maryland, College Park to major in electrical engineering and American University to study international business respectively.

Biaou, a native of Benin (West Africa), will receive an associate of science degree in electrical engineering after earning a 3.9 grade point average at the Prince George’s Community College 53rd Commencement Exercises, May 24. He will be recognized for a host of academic honors including membership in the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Dean's List, and Mu Alpha Theta (National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society). Biaou has been an active member of the community and participated in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks, Christmas in April Prince George’s County, Upward Bound Program and the International Education Center at Prince George’s Community College.

Robinson completed requirements for the associate of science degree in business administration in December 2011 with a 3.9 grade point average. In addition to her academic success, she served as secretary of the Prince George’s Community College Tau Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, volunteered with Walk Now for Autism Speaks and Jericho Food Shelter and captain of the Prince George’s Community College Women’s Soccer Team. Robinson helped low-income residents file their taxes by participating in the Prince George’s Community College’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

"Satcha Robinson and Carlos Biaou have chosen to set a high bar for all of our students and their determination reminds all of us about how important our work is to the lives of the people we serve each day," said Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George's Community College. "Very few students in the nation receive such a prestigious recognition and we, the faculty, students and staff, celebrate this important milestone with them and their families," she added.

The Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship is intended to cover a significant share of a student’s educational expenses including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. Former Prince George’s Community College student recipients of the scholarship include Promise Olomo (Forestville, Md.) 2009, Michele Burton (Greenbelt, Md.) 2005 and Ronald Crouch (Washington, DC) in 2002. 
Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.  

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