There is another big honor for an Owatonna High School senior who recently was awarded a prestigious scholarship that only goes to 100 students across the country. Owatonna's Fardouza Farah has received the Cooke College Scholarship, given by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students according to a news release from the Owatonna Public Schools. The scholarship is worth up to $55,000 annually toward an undergraduate education. Farah also received a Coca-Cola $20,000 college scholarship recently, as was reported in a KRFO Radio website story.

Farah will decide by May 1 on her college destination and has been accepted at Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale. Farah plans to pursue a political science major with a pre-law track.

She is active in mock trial (participating in the state competition this season), the National Honor Society, the Justice Education Project, Students Helping Others Choose (SHOC), Girls United, International Central Asian Project, Student Council, and Color Guard.

Farah is also president of the Minnesota Youth Against Sexual Violence organization. She and seven of her classmates recently qualified for the state speech meet.

Farah is the only Minnesota student to receive the Cooke Foundation award. Executive Director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Seppy Basili states in the news release, "Our country is full of bright and motivated students. We want to make sure those with financial need have the opportunity to succeed. We admire the determination displayed by the finalists this year, and we're extremely proud of these students' achievements. We look forward to witnessing their future accomplishments."


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