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LAVC's Matin Ghavamizadeh Awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Congratulations to LAVC student Matin Ghavamizadeh on receiving the 2018 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship! He is one of 47 recipients nationwide to receive the highly competitive scholarship for community college students. 

LAVC's Matin Ghavamizadeh Awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Los Angeles Valley College sophomore Matin Ghavamizadeh has been named a 2018 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipient. He is one of 47 scholarship recipients in the country. 

"LAVC warmly congratulates Matin Ghavamizadeh on being awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship," said Dr. Erika Endrijonas, president of Los Angeles Valley College. "We are so proud that Valley College is helping to prepare him to transfer to a top four-year university of his choice, and he is able to fulfill his educational dreams."

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is one of the premiere undergraduate transfer scholarships for community college students in the country. As a Cooke Scholar, Ghavamizadeh will be receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to help him reach his academic goals. He will also receive academic advising, the ability to network with other Cooke Scholars and alumni, and opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding. 

Ghavamizadeh came to the United States a refugees only two years ago with his family. He decided to start taking classes in the Los Angeles Community College District that summer, and has been attending Valley College for a majority of his classes. 

The double major in electrical engineering and computer science has worked hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA. In addition, Ghavamizadeh is interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and tutoring at the LAVC Academic Resource Center this semester.

His time at Valley College has helped him awaken his fascination with math, so he is now also considering adding a Mathematics major before he graduates. 

After graduation, Ghavamizadeh plans to study computer engineering at UC Berkeley, UCLA or—his dream school—the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Eventually, he hopes to get his Ph.D. in applied mathematics or computer science.

“My dream career is to find solutions to problems with the help of computers,” he notes. “I plan to follow that path as an academic or industry researcher. However, I also like teaching as well. My greatest inspirations in life have been great teachers!”
 

Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Bruno, LACCD

 




Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/2/2018 5:00:10 PM