CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Prairie State College graduates Nandjui-Yannick R. Koutouan, of Chicago, and Cecilia Reyes, of Chicago Heights, both were named recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship for 2013.
They are two of only 73 graduating community college students selected from the 1,200 community colleges in the United States to receive the prestigious award this year. Both Koutouan and Reyes received their associate degrees from PSC during the May 18 commencement ceremonies.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.
In addition to the Jack Kent Cook scholarship, Koutouan was the Student Government Association representative of the Nu Sigma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and recently was named to the 2013 Illinois All-Academic Team for his academic excellence. He also was named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. Koutauan has served on the Service and Membership Committees for Phi Theta Kappa. He worked as a tutor and Peer-Led Team Learning Workshop leader for the STEM@PSC program. Koutauan also is a 2012 NASA National Community College Aerospace scholar and 2012 Illinois Community College Faculty Association Scholarship recipient. He graduated PSC summa cum laude with an Associate in Science degree in pre-engineering. He plans to attend Kettering University in the fall, majoring in computer engineering.
Reyes was the vice president of the Nu Sigma Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and recently was named to the 2013 Illinois All-Academic Team for her academic excellence. She also has served on the Scholarship and Fundraising Committees for Phi Theta Kappa. Reyes also worked as a Peer-Led Team Learning Workshop leader for the STEM@PSC program. She also is a One Million Degree Scholar and a 2012 Behavioral Research Advancements in Neuroscience (BRAIN) fellow at the Neuroscience Institute in Atlanta, Ga. Reyes graduated PSC summa cum laude with an Associate in Science degree in pre-medicine. She plans to continue to study biology/pre-medicine.