Matthew Johnson, 13, is an eighth-grade student at Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle School. While most middle-school students are focused on where they will attend high school in the fall, Matthew is more consumed with where he’ll attend graduate school.
Matthew is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar. With the help of his counselor, he applied for the scholarship in the fall of 2011 and was named as a recipient in September 2012.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. [source: www.jkcf.org]
Jack Kent Cooke scholars receive financial support throughout high school and college, and will also provide financial support for their scholars to receive a master’s degree.
As a perk to the program, each scholar is assigned an Educational Advisor, who is instrumental in helping the student to select the appropriate high school courses.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will also pay for its scholars to attend programs during the summer. Matthew has received a scholarship to attend the Explo Summer Program from July 21 – August 10, 2013 at Wellesley University in Boston, Massachusetts. As part of this program, Matthew will take engineering courses, engage in recreational activities such as fencing and archery, as well as attend 2-3 recreational trips.
He has been accepted to attend Renaissance High School in the fall of 2013. Having maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the seventh and eighth grades, Matthew is a member of the National Junior Beta Club and plays the trumpet in the school band.
Matthew recently celebrated another tremendous accomplishment. Through his in-school DAPCEP course, Matthew submitted a project to the Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit. His project, entitled “Reactions to Different Sizes,” was entered into the Junior Chemistry Division and won a Grand Award at the recent Science Fair Awards Recognition Ceremony May 23, 2013 at the Detroit Athletic Club.
Matthew was one of nine middle school students of over 1,500 entries to receive this honor.