Submitted by Marisela Cadena-Smith of Collin College
A Collin College student has received one of the most prestigious scholarships in the nation.
Cameron Woolley, of Plano, is one of 50 college students nationwide to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The prize is $30,000 per year for Woolley to complete his bachelor’s degree.
It is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the nation.
Woolley plans to transfer to Southern Methodist University in the fall and pursue a degree in economics and risk management. His long-term plans include going to law school and a career in intellectual property law.
“I am thrilled and deeply honored to have been awarded this amazing opportunity,” Woolley said. “I would like to thank the professors and administrators who have taught me so much in my years at Collin College, and my incredible family for their love and support. My time at Collin College has been the most exciting part of my life, and I am overwhelmed by the realization that this is only the beginning.”
Criteria for the scholarship including academic achievement, financial need, critical-thinking ability, will to succeed, and breadth of interest and activities as judged by a panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals.
Woolley’s been a student assistant to the Honors Institute director since September 2011 in addition to being the founder of The Honors Community and honors student. He also is the current president of the Student Government Association.
Woolley served on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee at Collin College and earned the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Scholarship this past January. His volunteer work also includes programs with the Plano Kiwanis Angels, the Frisco Community Garden and with the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement. He is a graduate of Collin College’s Student Leadership Academy and the treasurer of the Mock Trial team and Political Science Club.