TCC Students Earn Elite Awards, University Scholarships

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 27, 2017) –Tarrant County College District announces the selection of multiple students for elite awards and scholarships to complete their undergraduate education.
Northeast Campus student Manav Lamichhane is the recipient of the 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship—the country’s largest private scholarship for community college students going on to complete a bachelor’s degree. Lamichhane will receive up to $40,000 per year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and fees. He earned his Associate of Science at Northeast Campus and will receive the Cornerstone Honors Associate of Arts in May. Lamichhane aims to attend Georgetown University or Johns Hopkins University and major in international relations, with a focus on global health, before becoming a trauma surgeon. His ultimate goal is to return to his native Nepal and open medical clinics in rural areas.
“Manav has done everything we encourage all students to do,” said Allen Goben, Ed.D., president of Northeast Campus. “He has fully engaged in the college experience, gotten involved in multiple student organizations and efforts on campus and developed himself as a person and a leader. We’re thrilled for his outstanding work and character as he is recognized with the great honor of being a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.”
The Cooke Foundation selected Lamichhane and 54 other outstanding community college students from nearly 3,000 applicants this year. Cooke scholars have financial need as well as strong records of achievement, including exemplary grades, leadership skills, service to others and perseverance through adversity.
Student Ulysses Lozano earned scholarships totaling $35,000 per year from Baylor University for his accomplishments in piano performance and academics. He has taken piano classes at several TCC campuses and studied primarily under Eduardo Rojas at Northeast Campus.
“Ulysses has been a great student,” said Rojas, principal pianist, Northeast Campus. “He is ready to learn and very committed to our detailed work. He has the focus and discipline to practice for several hours every day—something most adults cannot do.”
Lozano will transfer to Baylor this fall. He plans to go on to earn a master’s degree and teach piano on the college level.
Students at Marine Creek Collegiate High School, located on Northwest Campus, are the recipients of significant scholarships to a variety of universities. The early college high school program allows students to earn up to an associate degree by the time they complete their high school diploma. Scholarships for this year’s class include:

Samantha Rodriguez

  • DePaul University – $64,000
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham – $30,000

Jalesha Cobb

  • Abilene Christian University, Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence – $44,000

Jackelyn Loredo

  • University of North Texas, Emerald Eagle – $43,616
  • University of Texas at Austin, Presidential Scholar – $20,000
  • Texas A&M, Regents’ Scholarship – $20,000

Pablo Alonso

  • Baylor University – $19,390

Kimberly Olmos

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Maverick Academic Scholarship – $16,000

Southeast Campus student Carlos Romero will attend the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive this summer in Washington, D.C. He is one of three undergraduates in the country to receive the honor. Romero won the spot based on his original play, MetAMORfosis, performed by Theatre Southeast at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Angelo this spring. In addition to Romero’s award of Outstanding Achievement for an Original Play, , won Distinguished Production of a New or Devised Work and Distinguished Director of a New or Devised Work for director Megan Haratine.
“Southeast Campus is committed to offering our students a quality education in the arts and to presenting our community with exemplary entertainment,” said Jerry Coats, Ph.D., dean of liberal arts. “The success of MetAMORfosis is due to the collaborative efforts of our English and Theatre teachers, to the support of the administration and to the creative talents of our students.”
In addition to those awards, Southeast Campus received commendations for having a production invited to the festival and for supporting new works.