Maya Thompson ’21 Named Cooke College Scholarship Semifinalist

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that Maya Thompson ’21 is one of nearly five hundred high school seniors selected as semifinalists for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program. This highly selective scholarship provides exceptionally talented students who have financial need with up to $40,000 annually for four years of college, to enable them to attend a top-performing college or university.

“This is terrific for Maya and for George School,” said Head of School Sam Houser. “I have experience reading candidate files for this program in the past, and it is wonderful to see Maya shine in what is a very competitive environment. Congratulations to Maya!”

The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of 5,860 applicants and represent 428 different high schools. Every year, around 60 students are chosen for the scholarship. The 2021 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

“These semifinalists embody determination and resilience as they navigate finishing high school during one of the most difficult and unprecedented times in American history,” said Executive Director Seppy Basili. “In the midst of these challenging times, we remain deeply committed to ensuring that students have the opportunity to access an education and reach their fullest potential. I am honored to recognize these students for their hard work and achievements.”

“Being nominated as a semi-finalist was no easy feat,” said Maya. “This acknowledges the mentorship and love of my supportive community and all the work we have done. I owe this recognition to my parents, advisor, teachers, college counselors, and coaches.”

Students applied from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Marianas, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Congratulations Maya!


Cooke College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, and leadership. Students must be current high school seniors residing in the United States. Scholarships are awarded without respect to religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, geographic region, race, or ethnicity.

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