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Release Date: 2/13/2020
Contact: Dept. of Communications/Community Outreach, 443.809.5908

Pikesville High student accepted into prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program

Virtudes is one of only 68 high school seniors nationally to earn this honor

TOWSON, MD – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced that Ferdinand (“Vee”) Virtudes, Jr., a senior at Pikesville High School, is one of only 68 current Cooke Young Scholars who has been named a Cooke College Scholar.

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 community of motivated peers.

Virtudes entered the Cooke Young Scholars Program as a Grade 8 student. Since then, he and his fellow Young Scholars have attended summer programs on college campuses and participated in enrichment programs in cities such as Athens, Greece; Santiago, Chile; and Washington, DC.

Each Cooke Young Scholar and their family also worked one-on-one with an educational adviser to create an individualized learning plan and maximize their high school experience.

“Ferdinand epitomizes Pride Honor Success!” said Pikesville High School Principal Sandra Reid. “A team player/leader/scholar of the highest caliber and character, Ferdinand was well-suited to receive this elite honor that showcases the impressive, altruistic, and talented young man he is! A civically-oriented future educator, he founded ‘Treasures for Teachers and Students’ and actively solicited donated/purchased supplies for teachers to advantage the neediest of our population. Thoughtful beyond his years, he is genuinely caring, sincere, and authentic in his quest to unselfishly give back to our school and associated community in every endeavor he undertakes.”

“This young man is a stellar student and an amazing human who contributes to our school community in a variety of ways,” said Jennifer Meltzer, Pikesville High library media specialist. “He is a member of our morning announcement team, Panther Production, and was awarded for delivering a lively performance in this year’s Pikesville’s Got Talent. We are thrilled that he is being recognized in this wonderful way.”

“It’s been incredible to watch these scholars take ownership of their learning and prepare to engage and lead purposefully,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the impact they will have as they complete college and beyond.”

The Foundation is currently seeking applications for the 20th cohort of its Cooke Young Scholars program. High-performing Grade 7 students have until March 23 to apply to this five-year pre-college scholarship.

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