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Quinsigamond Community College Student Wins Prestigious National Scholarship

Contact: Cherie Ronayne
Office of Institutional Communications
508.854.2849
cronayne [at] qcc.mass.edu

Release Date: 
6/4/2008

WORCESTER, Mass. – QCC Student Gerry Boucher was recently chosen the winner of a prestigious Jack Kent Cook Scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program each year awards approximately 50 scholarships to students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need attending community colleges or two-year institutions in the US and planning to transfer to four-year institutions. Gerry is the first student in QCC’s history to be selected for the highly competitive award.

Gerry returned to college years after high school as a non-traditional student, but reached his goal of graduating from QCC in May with a Human Services degree. Having given up hope of moving on to a four-year college due to expenses, he said the award truly changed his life. The $30,000 JKC scholarship will allow him to attend Clark University nearly tuition free.

“It was overwhelming. I can’t possibly express how happy I am to have earned this award for the QCC human services department,” Gerry stated.

Quinsigamond Community College is the most affordable higher education in Worcester County. As a regional leader in education and workforce development, QCC serves the diverse educational needs of Central Massachusetts by providing affordable, accessible, and high quality programming leading to transfer, career, and lifelong learning.