Woodard Receives Cooke Scholarship

Qualan Woodard, a senior at Loudoun County High School and the Loudoun Academy of Science, has been awarded a $40,000-per-year college scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

Woodard is one of 106 recipients of this scholarship nationwide. This year, more than 5,000 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship. Many of these students were identified through a partnership with the College Board, which connects scholarship organizations to students through their participation in the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others.

In addition to the monetary award, these new Cooke College Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide them through the processes of transitioning to campus and preparing for their career. The foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

In 2013, when he was an eighth-grader at J. Lupton Simpson Middle School, Woodard was one of 62 national recipients of the Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Scholarship. That scholarship provided Woodard with funding for enrichment programs during his four years of high school. 

Woodard used these funds to take summer classes at Northwestern and the University of Pennsylvania and to undertake a service trip to Guadalupe. “They were accommodating to essentially all of my needs,” Woodard said of the Cooke Foundation.

Woodard plans to attend Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., to study computer science.

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from eighth grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $97 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.