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Loudoun Valley High School Senior Selected as 2024 Cooke College Scholar

Katelyn Miller, a senior at Loudoun Valley High School, has been selected as a 2024 Cooke College Scholar. This year’s recipients were chosen from a record number of applications residing in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico. All 60 recipients were notified of their selection on Friday, March 29.

Cooke College Scholars have the opportunity to graduate with as little debt as possible and receive comprehensive advising and other program support. The award, which is last-dollar funding after all institutional aid, can provide as much as $55,000 per year to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited undergraduate institution.

“We extend a huge congratulations to the impressive new cohort of Cooke College Scholars,” said Seppy Basili, Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “This year, we saw a record-breaking number of applications, and the remarkable achievements and resilience of these students have truly impressed us.”

Katelyn was very excited to hear of the award, sharing how the financial advantages opened up other college options for her. She is interested in studying either mechanical or aeronautical engineering and has been accepted to both Harvard and Georgia Tech. “I had to double-check the email when I heard I won,” Katelyn said. “I was pretty astonished, and it’s still sinking in.” In addition to Katelyn’s strong academic record, she is involved in a number of extracurricular activities, including being a student pilot and volunteering at the Purcellville library. “My grandmother was a librarian, and it has always been a passion of mine,” she said.

In addition to the Cooke Award, Katelyn has received three other scholarships to assist in her collegiate pursuits. When asked what advice she would give to next year’s seniors, Katelyn said, “Start early!” She was also very thankful to LCPS. “I’ve had a lot of help getting to where I am, and I appreciate it.”

Published April 23, 2024