CRANFORD – For the first time ever, a Union County College student has won a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. The Scholarship will award the student, Nuno Pereira of Hillside, up to $40,000 per year to complete his bachelor’s degree after he graduates from Union in May.

Mr. Pereira learned of his stunning achievement during the Apr. 28, Union County College Board of Trustees meeting on the Cranford Campus. He will graduate from Union with an associate degree in Criminal Justice and continue in his major when he transfers in the Fall to John Jay College of the City University of New York.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. The JKC Foundation is a legacy of the billionaire philanthropist and former owner of the Washington Redskins and Los Angeles Lakers.

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This year, more than 2,000 students from 540 community colleges applied for the scholarship. Mr. Pereira is one among the 90 who received the award.

A review panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals judged the applicants based on a number of criteria, including academics, financial need, persistence, demonstrated leadership, and the desire to help others. Mr. Pereira serves as president of Student Government at Union and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

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