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MCC graduate Felicia Hoerner receives $40,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship

Felicia Hoerner, Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Dave Engel, MCC professor of Speech and Drama, congratulates Felicia Hoerner as she accepts the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship last week.

Marshalltown Community College Honors graduate, Felicia Hoerner, has been selected to receive the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Felicia is one of only 90 scholars selected this year to receive the award, out of 2,061 applicants. The scholarship is for up to $40,000 per year and is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses—including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees—for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.

“When I found out, I couldn’t breathe,” says Felicia. “I cried and cried. It was the proof that all my hard work and putting my education first was absolutely worth it.” Felicia says she first found out about the scholarship back in 2012 while walking the halls of MCC. “I took the flier home, tossed it into a drawer and forgot about. Almost two years later I found it while moving, and applied. I never thought I would get it.”

Hoerner grew up in Toledo and graduated from South Tama County High School in 2005. She began taking classes at MCC in 2007 and earned an A.A. degree in May of 2011. She then went on to the nursing program the following term and earned her LPN diploma in summer of 2012. Felicia continued to the RN program, but was sidelined with an emergency surgery, which forced her to put her education on hold.

“This scholarship means the world to me and my family,” says Hoerner. “My six-year-old daughter, Ariana, is ecstatic. I used to have to work multiple jobs on top of taking classes at MCC. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to work less and spend more time with her [Ariana] while finishing my degree. Being able to graduate with less student loan debt is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Scholars were selected based on high academic ability and achievements, persistence, leadership, and financial need.

Felicia will begin taking classes this fall at Allen College in Waterloo, IA, working towards a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She finished taking all the program prerequisites through MCC last December.

“I’d like to thank my MCC professors—especially Sally Wilson, Linda Barnes, and Jason Poock,” adds Felicia. “These are some of the most amazing professors a student could ever ask for. They love to teach! They instill a passion in their students that fosters success and makes students excited about coming to class. They refused to let me believe I was anything less than extraordinary. I appreciate them so much for everything I’ve learned from them. I’d also like to thank David Engel for encouraging me throughout the application process and believing in my potential.”

After she graduates from Allen College, Felicia plans to earn her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Des Moines University (DMU).

“Marshalltown Community College wasn’t a stepping-stone for me. It was a foundation to build my education on. I am extremely happy I began my journey here.”

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