Esha Akhtar ’21 Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced that Esha Akhtar ’21 is among 43 current Cooke Young Scholars who will continue to receive the organization's comprehensive educational advising and financial support as Cooke College Scholars this fall. Through the Cooke College Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides Scholars with up to $40,000 per year for up to four years to complete a bachelor's degree. Cooke Scholars also have access to opportunities for internships, study abroad, and a thriving community of motivated peers.
These students each entered the Cooke Young Scholars Program during their eighth grade year. Together, they have attended summer programs on college campuses and participated in enrichment programs in cities such as Athens, Greece, and Washington, DC.
“I’m so excited to remain a part of the Cooke community,” said Akhtar. “This is an amazing opportunity.”
Each Cooke Young Scholar and their family also work one-on-one with an educational adviser to create an individualized learning plan and maximize their high school experience. Members of this cohort have founded and led organizations, won regional and national academic competitions, published their works, been chosen as captains of teams, and conducted research at the collegiate level.
"It's been an honor to support these Scholars in their journey to academic success--especially after such a year of unprecedented change and challenges," said Executive Director Seppy Basili. "We are excited to see the achievements of such bright students unfold as they complete college and move into meaningful careers.”
Akhtar, also a Daniel Murphy Scholar and a Questbridge College Prep Scholar, is a Lawrenceville honors student bound for Yale in fall 2021.  Other honors include selection to the 2020 College Board National Rural and Small Town Recognition Program and the Questbridge Quest for Excellence New Americans Award. Akhtar was also a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
She has held a number of campus leadership positions, including Student Council diversity representative and president of the Student Diversity Council. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of In The Margins and a features associate at The Lawrence. Akhtar is president of the School’s Young Democrats club, an executive board member of the Religious Life Council, and a member of the Muslim Students Association. She also performs with the Impulse Improv Comedy Troupe. Akhtar was part of the 2020-21 cohort of Lawrenceville Merrill Scholars and in July 2019, she was a Yale Young Global Scholar.
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 over $222 million in scholarships to over 2,800 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $115 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. 
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