National Scholarship Progam

Alder Student Selected for National Scholarship Program!
Posted on 09/29/2017

Sheikh Mahmud, a student at Alder, is one of fifty eighth-grade students from across the nation to be chosen as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar this year.  The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation mission is to enable “high-ability middle and high school students to realize their full academic potential.” 

As part of this program, Sheikh will receive comprehensive support from the Cooke Foundation from eighth grade through senior year of high school.  This support includes:  a personal academic and college counselor, funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year, internship opportunities, study abroad, and educational resources such as books and technology.   All of these expenses, up to $15,000 per year, will be paid by the Foundation.  Sheikh plans to use this opportunity to “take classes at universities to explore fields for possible future careers” over upcoming summer breaks and to take vocal lessons to improve at some of her extracurricular interests. 

Sheikh’s mother, Easmin Acktor, says that “Sheikh worked towards this scholarship for about seven months, and to finally have received it is amazing.  It provides her with a chance to be the student that every college and university wants, and with expenses for different programs out of the way, she is now able to do so much more for her future.”