Two students from LaGuardia Community College have been selected as 2019 Jack Kent Cooke Scholars.
Matthew Wilson and Sukhrob Abdushukurov are two of only 61 community college students across the country to receive the scholarship, which provides up to $40,000 per year, up to three years, for the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
With Wilson and Abdushukurov’s selection, LaGuardia now has had 11 Cooke scholars since 2006.
Wilson, age 38, is a father of two. His son Dejuan is 18 and his daughter, Egypt, is 11 months old. Wilson is a liberal arts: film and television major, and came to LaGuardia through the CUNY Fatherhood Academy.
He has been accepted to both Queen College and York College, but is also considering NYU, Columbia and Long Island University as transfer options.
Abdushukurov, 22, is a psychology major. Born in Uzbekistan, he speaks English, Uzbek, Tadjik, Russian and German. He is a member of programs including ASAP, the Peer Advisor Academy and the Open Educational Resources Initiative.
He has applied to Amherst, Swarthmore, Cornell and Wesleyan, among other four-year colleges.
Previous LaGuardia students selected for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship later went on to study at colleges including: Georgetown, Columbia, Stanford, Amherst, NYU and King’s College in London.