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Featured - GPC Student Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner
Chiemeka “Richard” Ugochukwu, center, is congratulated by English professor Ted Wadley, right, and GPC president Dr. Anthony Tricoli after being named winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship.

GPC Student Named Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Winner

When Nigerian born Chiemeka “Richard” Ugochukwu came to the United States two years ago, he had no idea how he would pay for his education and work on his goal to become a doctor. He now has the help he needs. Ugochukwu has been named a Jack Kent Cooke (JKC) Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipient.

Ugochukwu is one of 60 scholars selected nationwide this year to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer award. The scholarship is intended to cover a significant share of each recipient’s educational costs, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees, for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships awardees may receive. Students can receive up to $30,000 a year for three years.

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students as well as the quality of the faculty here at Georgia Perimeter College,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli. “Congratulations to Chiemeka for making the most of his time at GPC and continuing a tradition that makes the entire college proud.”

With Ugochukwu’s award, Georgia Perimeter continues its legacy of providing qualified candidates to one of the nation’s most generous scholarships. GPC has had seven JKC scholarship recipients in the past nine years.

A native of Nigeria, Ugochukwu was sent to live with an uncle in America because of the political and economic strife in his country. He arrived in December 2009, and decided to enroll at Georgia Perimeter where he maintains a 3.9 GPA while taking extremely challenging courses. Ugochukwu has taken courses in organic chemistry and calculus along with courses in English, government and psychology. He plans to continue his education at the University of Georgia and eventually become a neurosurgeon.

Because he is not a resident, Ugochukwu is not eligible for the HOPE scholarship and other resident scholarships. He relied solely on his uncle to finance his education at GPC.

“It was a huge burden on him,” Ugochukwu said. “He has children of his own and when he paid my tuition, I could see the smile on his face but I could also see the anguish. I knew I could not afford to attend UGA and my uncle could not afford it either. The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship makes it possible for me to continue my education.”

“This is a great accomplishment for one of our students,” Tricoli said. “With the help of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Ugochukwu now has the resources he will need to continue the work towards fulfilling his dreams. As selective as JCK is in awarding these scholarships, we are certainly pleased that they again found one of our students worthy.”

Story written by Roger Barnes of Georgia Perimeter College. For more information, please visit

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