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TWU welcomes first Jack Kent Cooke Scholar


DENTON— Texas Woman’s University welcomed its first Jack Kent Cooke Scholar this fall – a high-achieving student who plans to be actively involved on campus.

Karen Meacham of Arlington was awarded a Jack Kent Cook Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which helps outstanding community college students with financial need transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. The foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to approximately 85 students selected annually, making it the nation’s largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students.

“Being selected as a recipient means that I will be able to attend TWU without any worries about making ends meet,” Meacham said. “Because of the scholarship, I have been able to leave my job so that I can focus on my studies.”

Meacham, who earned an associate’s degree in dietetics from Tarrant County College last spring, will major in nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics at TWU.

“I chose dietetics out of a specific desire to help people with food allergies,” she said. “I have had food allergies since I was a child, but they worsened severely several years ago. I was unable to find a dietitian who specialized in allergy, so I decided to become that dietitian.”

As she delved further into the field of dietetics, she decided to expand her focus to include research and advocacy for people with food allergies.

Meacham said the reputation of TWU’s nutrition and food sciences program drew her to the university.

“While completing my internship requirements for my degree at TCC, I discussed university options with my preceptors,” she said. “Two of them had attended TWU, and both spoke very highly of the program.”

Meacham participated in many activities at community college and plans to continue that high level of involvement at the university. She plans to join the Student Dietetic Association and, as she is working toward a minor in English, the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. She also is a Terry Scholar, and will be active in that student organization, and has talked with other transfer students about reviving Kappa, the Phi Theta Kapppa alumni chapter, on campus as well.

Meacham also will be active in Touchstone, the university’s honors program for transfer students.

“I was very excited to be invited to join the Touchstone honors program,” she said. “I tend to gravitate toward opportunities for service and leadership, so I look forward to what they have to offer. Everyone in the honors office is very friendly and helpful, and I am proud to be part of this program.”

Guy Litton, director of the TWU Honors Programs, was happy to welcome Meacham to the program.

“We are pleased to see that our innovative honors program, which is just 2 years old, is able to attract high-caliber students who are nationally competitive,” he said.

For more information on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, visit

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Karen Garcia
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