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White Knoll High School senior becomes semi-finalist for prestigious scholarship

White Knoll, SC (Paul Kirby) - Nathaniel Hope, a senior at White Knoll High School, was recently notified by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation that he was selected as a semi-finalist for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. This prestigious selection comes through the hard work and academic performance that he has shown and maintained throughout his schooling.

Nathaniel is one among seven students selected from South Carolina to move to the semi-finals. Nationwide, there were only 477 students that made it to that level.

According to their website at, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since the year 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $200 million in scholarships to over 2,600 students from 8th grade through graduate school. Along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services, the Foundation has also provided $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of over 5,300 applicants. Approximately 60 of the semifinalists will be selected to receive the scholarship. “These semifinalists represent some of the most passionate, driven, and hard-working students across the country,” said Executive Director Seppy Basilisks. “It is an honor to recognize these semifinalists for their persistence and achievements.”

Each year, students who become semi-finalists are encouraged by the Foundation to share the story of their educational goals and dreams. Because the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation provides financial assistance to students that might not otherwise be financially able to afford their higher education, the Foundation ask the students to share their stories with their local community through its media outlets. It is their hope that even more minority males like Nathan will realize that they can work and achieve their goals through many other ways.

The 2020 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April. To find out more about how you can apply, see the website at

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