A 2004 graduate of Case Western Reserve University was one of only 77 students nationwide selected as a scholar in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Program.
Alexia De Vincentis, who majored in economics, political science and Spanish and graduated summa cum laude, was chosen after a nationwide selection process that drew over 1,100 applicants.
The graduate scholarships cover tuition, room, board, fees and books—up to $50,000 annually—for up to six years. The amount and duration of the scholarships vary by student.
During her time at the university, De Vincentis was actively involved in the Undergraduate Mock Trial, Student Turning Point Society, and Phi Mu, and also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Mortar Board, and several other academic honor societies. Although she graduated two years ago, De Vincentis needed to be nominated and endorsed by her undergraduate institution, and Lynmarie Hamel, assistant dean of undergraduate studies here at Case, worked closely with her in preparing her application.
"I have been living in South America, first on a Pancoast Fellowship to study microfinance organizations in Peru, then on a Fulbright to research access to justice among underprivileged populations in Argentina," De Vincentis shared via e-mail about the two years since she graduated. "I have also spent significant time in Chile, where, among other positions, I worked at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (of Harvard University) preparing a background paper for a recent conference on early childhood education reform."
In August, she's headed to Boston to pursue a J.D./Master in Law and Diplomacy joint-degree from Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School at Tufts University. The credentials will allow De Vincentis to combine her complementary interests in economics and law. "Eventually, I hope to work with an intergovernmental organization or as a researcher/professor in the field of law and development."
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Program scholarships are considered among the most generous academic awards offered in the United States. "Our objective is to help high achieving students who have financial need," said Matthew Quinn, executive director of the foundation. "The graduate scholarship recipients know hard work and sacrifice. These scholarships recognize their devotion to education, reward their efforts, and provide an incentive to continue excelling…and, we hope, to benefit society."
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