Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced Waxahachie Global High’s Steven Cloud as one of 477 high school seniors to be selected as semifinalists for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program.

This highly selective scholarship provides high-achieving students with financial needs up to $40,000 annually for four years of college, to enable them to attend a top college or university, according to a press release.

The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of over 5,300 applicants. Approximately 60 semifinalists will be selected to receive the scholarship. The 2020 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

“These semifinalists represent some of the most passionate, driven, and hard-working students across the country,” Executive Director Seppy Basili said. “It is an honor to recognize these semifinalists for their persistence and achievements.”

Students applied from all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico — representing 402 schools.

Cooke College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others and leadership. Students must be current high school seniors residing in the United States. Scholarships are awarded without respect to religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, geographic region, race or ethnicity.

For more information and to see a list of the semifinalists, visit