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Chen Earns Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship


Quiet leader. Creative powerhouse. Critical thinker. 


Those are just a few of the descriptions teachers at Stone Bridge High School used to describe senior Yiyang Chen.


Chen is one of 61 students from across the nation to earn a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship. Recipients of this scholarship will receive $40,000 annually to cover costs associated with their undergraduate education. 


Chen’s record at Stone Bridge reflects diverse interests and talents. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Student. He has been active in Educators Rising, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Girl Up. Chen holds leadership positions in speech and debate, Science Olympiad and the Science National Honor Society. His passion for science is evident as he has been named a USA Bio Olympiad semifinalist, a U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad finalist and an international winner of the NYAS COVID-19 contest that challenged students to find an equitable and realistic solution to the pandemic. Additionally, he has received a Scholastic Silver Key Award for art.


Chen came to the U.S. from China in February of 2013 and began his academic career as an English language learner in elementary school. He applied to 19 extremely competitive colleges and has been accepted to Stanford, Harvard and MIT. 


The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program seeks to close the gaps in higher education access for driven students with financial need. Cook College Scholars receive financial support, along with ongoing educational advising from Foundation staff and access to a network of over 2,800 active Scholars and Alumni. Scholars also receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and access to graduate school funding.


“The class of 2021 is incredibly inspiring--they’ve persisted through a year of unprecedented trials as they navigated remote learning, rapidly changing family finances, and of course, deep concerns over the health of their communities. Paying for college shouldn’t be another barrier,” said Seppy Sabili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “At the Foundation, we remain deeply committed to ensuring that finances do not stand in the way of college success for the Scholars we are able to support. We know the resilience and accomplishments of these students will only add to our community of Scholars, and we are very excited to welcome them.”





Published May 4, 2021