For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019


Laura Bisono Medina Awarded Prestigious Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Laura Bisono Medina has been awarded a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a highly competitive national scholarship that provides up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years for a bachelor’s degree. The award also provides comprehensive advising from Foundation staff to guide the student through the transition to a four-year school and prepare them for their careers. The Foundation also provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Suffolk County Community College student Laura M. Bisono Medina of Brentwood has been awarded a prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, a highly competitive national scholarship that provides up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years for a bachelor’s degree. The award also provides comprehensive advising from Foundation staff to guide the student through the transition to a four-year school and prepare them for their careers. The Foundation also provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of nearly 2,500 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

“Laura’s intelligence is evident from her excellent academic record. As a student, her best attributes are her hard working nature and her willingness to change how she learns, a difficult transition for a college student to make. Laura is able to examine her strengths and weaknesses, and to make the necessary adjustments in order to become the best student that she can be. She has a very clear view of her future, but she is always seeking counsel about how best to reach her goals. It is her open-mindedness that has served her very well, and that will make her an increasingly successful student,” said Dr. Tat Sang So, associate professor of English and a mentor.

Laura will attend Stony Brook University where she will major in health sciences to become a physician’s assistant.


Nearly 1,500 students applied for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. The award recipients represent 18 different states, have a median household adjusted gross income of $28,000 and an average GPA of 3.93 and have applied to the nation’s most selective colleges and universities.