Kiseuk “Ki” Ahn. Photo courtesy of Bellevue College.

Bellevue College (BC) student and aspiring rocket scientist Kiseuk “Ki” Ahn was recently awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which will provide him with up to $40,000 a year to complete his bachelor’s degree at Stanford University.

Cooke Transfer Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service, and leadership, BC said in a news release. Ahn was one of 72 students chosen nationally from the more than 1,500 students who applied. He will graduate from BC this spring.

“We know we have great students at Bellevue College, but we continue to be impressed by the levels of success we see in students like Ki,” Bellevue College’s interim president, Gary Locke, said in the release. “We are so proud of his accomplishments and know that, with this prestigious scholarship, he will have the means to achieve his goals and dreams.”

Ahn is a 2020 All-Washington Academic Team Scholar, NASA Space Grant Scholar, and a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholar. He interns for the NASA Langley Research Center, and holds a High-Level Rocketry Level 1 certification, BC said.

At BC, Ahn founded the STEM Student Association and is a member of the NASA-funded Rocketry Club. He serves as president of the Associated Student Government. And he’s acted as a STEM ambassador as part of the NSF-initiated STEM to Stern program.

Ahn said the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship has encouraged him to keep pursuing challenging endeavors at Stanford.

“There, I will study Aeronautics and Astronautics to achieve my goals of helping the world to become a better place,” he said in the release. “I truly appreciate my professors and mentors at Bellevue College for all their support and guidance. They’ve given me the confidence that’s culminated in this award.”

Since 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded more than $222 million in scholarships to more than 2,800 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services, according to a foundation news release.

The foundation also has provided $115 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.