James Lesco, 2012 FRCC graduate, has been named an Undergraduate Transfer Scholar by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The accompanying scholarship is worth up to $30,000 per year. The foundation awards scholarships to the nation’s top community college students who have financial need. The selection process is rigorous and highly competitive. Lesco was one of just 60 scholars nationwide selected this year to receive the award.

Lesco will transfer to Colorado State University in fall 2012, where he will pursue a B.S.B.A. in accounting and finance. After graduating, he intends to continue on to earn a master’s degree in accounting and eventually work in public accounting. Lesco hopes to earn a J.D. one day as well.

Lesco attended Discovery High School in Colorado Springs. He served in the United States Army for eight years as an infantryman prior to starting at FRCC in fall 2010.

Lesco is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and is president of Students in Free Enterprise, a business student organization.

Off campus, Lesco is active in the Fort Collins community. He volunteers at a healing retreat center for veterans called Ross Ranch in Elbert, Colorado, named for one of Lesco’s soldiers, Ross McGinnis. He has also volunteered with the Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Center as a mentor for the Super Boys program. Lesco is a board member for the Human Relations Commission for the City of Fort Collins.

2012 is the second year that an FRCC student has received the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The 2011 recipient was also a Larimer Campus student.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke, a self-made billionaire businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist, to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential through education. Launched in 2000, the foundation focuses on students with financial need.


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