CAC Maricopa student awarded national scholarship, to speak at commencement


Central Arizona College student Robert Serrano was recently recognized as one of the distinguished recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.  

Out of the 1,700 applicants from 448 community colleges, Serrano was named one of the 60 students chosen for the award, which considers academic ability, achievement, persistence, leadership and financial need. He will be speaking at CAC’s graduation ceremony in Coolidge on Friday. 

Serrano is transferring to Arizona State University to complete his bachelor’s and master of science degrees in civil engineering. The Maricopa resident aims to apply his expertise to tackle challenges such as highway congestion and the creation of sustainable cities. 

During Serrano’s time at CAC, he has actively contributed to the college community by serving as an officer for Phi Theta Kappa, being a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society and achieving the President’s List recognition. 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provides an opportunity for Cooke Scholars to pursue their education with minimal financial burden. By considering all institutional aid and additional funding, Serrano could receive up to $55,000 annually to support the completion of his bachelor’s degree. Serrano will have access to comprehensive educational advising services that will facilitate his transition to a four-year college and help him prepare for his future career. The scholarship also offers various opportunities for scholars, including internships, study abroad programs, funding for graduate school and a network of connections to over 3,000 Cooke Scholars and alumni.