Jordan Named Cooke Graduate Scholar

December 18, 2018

Matthew Jordan headshotBATON ROUGE, LA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving students with financial need, announced today the award of up to approximately $7 million total to 82 students who have recently begun graduate programs at some of the most highly selective institutions in the United States and United Kingdom.

The lone LSU recipient was Matthew Jordan, a chemical engineering PhD student from Pittsburgh, Texas. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in May 2017.

Jordan, as a Cooke Graduate Scholar, is eligible to receive up to $75,000 total for four years.

“Even students who excel to and through college often face financial roadblocks on the path to graduate studies,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “These scholars are poised to make an impact in fields from art to medicine in ways that will transform our lives and society. Cooke Scholars share a remarkable focus on solving pressing issues, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s recipients will accomplish.”

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from eighth grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided more than $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.


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