Success Stories

Jose “Fabrizzio” Cevallos Receives Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship

Engineering Science major Jose “Fabrizzio” Cevallos has been named one of 50 high-achieving community college students nationwide to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The scholarships provide up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. Student awardees are selected based on academic achievement, financial need, community service, leadership and persistence.

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Non-traditional Excellence: Two BMCC Students Win Vanguard Award

Two Borough of Manhattan Community College students are among eight students statewide to receive the Vanguard Award, which highlights outstanding college students enrolled in career and technical education programs that are not traditional for their gender.

The winners are animation and motion graphics major Jan Iverson, nominated by Professor Susan Stratton, and human services major Nico Tyndale, nominated by Professor Keith Carter.

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BMCC Announces Kaplan Scholars

three students sitting at library tableThree BMCC students, Science majors Norbesida Bagabila and Melanie Poggi, and Animation and Motion Graphics major Jasmaine Brathwaite, have been named this year’s Kaplan Scholars.

This is the tenth year that BMCC has worked with the Kaplan Educational Foundation to help low-income Black, Latino and Native American students transfer from associate degree programs to exceptional four-year colleges.

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Jennifer Campos To Receive Peter Jennings Scholarship

Jennifer Campos

Jennifer Campos, who just earned her High School Equivalency diploma through the Adult Literacy Program in the Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at BMCC, is a winner of the 2016 Peter Jennings Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship will be applied to Campos’ tuition when she enters BMCC in Fall 2016 as a human services major. Next, she is considering a transfer to City College of Technology, CUNY, to major in radiological technology. “I’m still deciding between social work and working as a radiology technician,” Campos says. “I have always been interested in helping young adults or children in the foster care system, and that would be within the human services field. But I am also interested in the medical field. Maybe someday those two fields will come together for me.”

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Aurela Dragani Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship

BMCC President Antonio Pérez and members of the BMCC Administration surprised BMCC science major Aurela Dragani on May 19, with the news that she has received the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Aurela was not aware that she had received the scholarship until President Pérez delivered the news.

“I’m very happy to have been given this opportunity, and I’m very thankful and grateful that I received this award,” Aurela said. “This means so much to me. This is definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me up to this point in my life.”

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students across the country. Only about 85 students won the scholarship this year, out of thousands that applied. Of the 17 BMCC students who applied, there were five finalists for the award, including Aurela. Winners receive up to $40,000 a year to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university.

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Meet the winners of the Kaplan Scholarship!


  • Two BMCC students accepted into Kaplan Leadership Program.
  • Standout students: David Thelemaque is from Brooklyn; Wilson Acuna is from Colombia.
  • The new Kaplan scholars receive advice from an alum.

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