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GSC Student Is Semi-Finalist for Prestigious Scholarship

Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019


Erika Jo Huankay

Gordon State College sophomore Erika Jo Huakay is one of nearly 1,500 applicants attending 369 colleges in 45 states and the District of Columbia chosen as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.

If selected, Huakay, a native of Piura, in northern Peru, hopes to attend either Stanford or Georgia Tech and study industrial engineering.

“I have always dreamed of having my own industry to develop food for people with allergies,” she said. “In many parts of the world, it is difficult to find good sources of food, especially if you have allergies.”

Huakay, who speaks to her family back in Piura almost daily, heard about Gordon State after searching the Georgia Tech web site.

“I saw that there was a transfer agreement between Gordon State and Georgia Tech,” she said. “Going straight to Georgia Tech was too costly, so I decided to attend Gordon State, and while I was here, I would search for scholarships that could help me cover the cost of completing my education. The agreement between the schools allows me to transfer my credits.”

GSC President Kirk A. Nooks will hand Huakay her Associate in Science degree in May.

“It is a prestigious honor to be named a Cooke Scholar Semi-Finalist,” said Nooks. “We are honored that Erika Jo choose to start at Gordon State. She is an exemplary student that I am confident will receive a favorable notice when the scholarships are awarded in April.”