TCC South Campus Student Wins Prestigious National Scholarship

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipient, Lori King-Nelson and South Campus President Peter Jordan
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Recipient, Lori King-Nelson, and South Campus President Peter Jordan
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 25, 2014) Tarrant County College South Campus student Lori King-Nelson recently won the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. King-Nelson was one of 85 students selected nationwide to receive the scholarship, which pays up to $30,000 in tuition per year for three years as recipients complete their undergraduate degree.
Finalists were selected from 3,705 applications representing 737 community colleges from 48 states, two U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Selection criteria focused on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership and a desire to help others.
“This award means I will not need to work while I pursue my undergraduate degree, and I will be able to take more hours per semester,” King-Nelson said. She learned of the award when South Campus President Peter Jordan contacted her and requested she come up to the campus. “I cried,” she said. “I kept thinking it could be a mistake because the odds of receiving this scholarship were astronomical.”
King-Nelson started her college career at TCC in the fall of 2011 and will graduate in May with highest honors. She plans to transfer to Texas Wesleyan University in the fall where she will complete a dual major in religion and sociology. After completing her master and doctorate degrees in religion at Texas Christian University, she plans to teach at TCC and manage a non-profit organization to educate people on cultural and religious differences.
King-Nelson believes all students should complete their associate degree before transferring to four-year school because it is a confidence-builder. “I feel very fortunate that my campus offers so much support to students,” she said, crediting Jordan and associate professors Paul Benero and Armando Villarreal with providing her the support needed to go for this honor.
Jordan admires King-Nelson as well. “In the face of adversity, Lori has embraced her education and re-taken control of her life,” he said. “She has set a wonderful example for her family. She excels as a student and a leader on the South Campus and we are extremely proud of her achievements.”