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Sortino wins Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship

Kelly Sortino, a 2003 Princeton graduate, has been awarded a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship. The scholarships provide each winner with up to $300,000 for the length of their graduate or professional degree programs.

Sortino was one of 77 winners of the Cooke scholarships, selected from 1,100 nominees from colleges and universities throughout the United States. She plans to pursue master's degrees in business administration and education in a joint degree program at Stanford University.

Sortino, who is from Willow Springs, Ill., was a summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate who majored in art and archaeology and earned a certificate in teacher preparation. As an undergraduate she served as the artistic director of a dance company, the curator of an independent film festival and the business manager and sales director of the student-run radio station. She also was a resident adviser and a member of the varsity golf team. Since graduating, Sortino has worked as a Princeton admission officer, a leader of the University's Ghana Cultural Immersion Program and a middle-school language arts teacher.

Sortino hopes to become a leader in education. She believes that earning an M.B.A. and a master's in education will give her the skills to work at the intersection of the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of former Washington Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.

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