PBSC grads win prestigious scholarship

Two recent Palm Beach State College graduates won the coveted Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship that pays up to $40,000 a year to cover tuition, living expenses, books and required fees to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Ana Guevara and Patricia Medina, who both earned Associate in Arts degrees last May, were among only 90 students nationwide selected from more than 2,000 applicants.

While a total of seven PBSC students have won this scholarship over the years, this was the first time that two PBSC students won in the same year.

The duo traveled to Virginia last summer for the Foundation’s Scholars Weekend, where they met 400 other previous and current scholarship winners and heard from such speakers as Colin Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education. They say earning this scholarship is a dream come true. “It really has changed my life and my education because without the scholarship I would not be able to attend the University of Florida,’’ said Guevara, 21, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in finance.

Medina, 41, a married mother of teenage twins, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Stetson University with a major in communications and minor in political science. She plans to go to law school. “I’m grateful for the scholarship, but I’m even more thankful for the networking,’’ she said.