Broward College Now Tops in the Nation in the Number of JKC Scholarships
Broward College students Miklos Haranghy and Duckenson Joseph are among the newest recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. With their naming, Broward College becomes the community college with the greatest number of JKC Scholarship recipients in the nation. The JKC Scholarships, the nation’s most prestigious monetary awards of their type, are awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, headquartered in Landsdowne, Va.
Haranghy, of Pembroke Pines, attends the Judson A. Samuels South Campus and Joseph, of North Lauderdale, attends the North Campus. Both plan careers in engineering and will graduate in May. They become the college’s 11th and 12th JKC scholarship recipients.
Haranghy, a native of Hungary, came to the United States with his sister and mother to get away from persecution by Hungary’s Gypsy mafia and physical abuse at the hands of Haranghy’s father. Later, his mother was deported to Hungary, where she spent two more years. Upon her return to the U.S., she learned she had leukemia, which later claimed her life. She died in her son’s arms.
“She was in Hungary for two more years, waiting to come back to be with us,” he said. “When she died, for my sister and me, it felt as though it was us against the world.” He aspires to a career in aerospace engineering. His college choices are Brown University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University.
Joseph, a native of Haiti, came to the U.S. several months before the devastating earthquake of 2010. “It affected my family who remained there, and we had a family member die in it,” he said. When Haitians chopped down most of the wood on the island after the earthquake for wood charcoal, it stimulated Joseph’s thoughts.
“That’s a real problem there because most people in Haiti cook on charcoal fires,” he said. He has since begun research into identifying alternatives to wood charcoal for Haitians. “I understood that if I were to come up with, or at least identify, a sustainable and affordable alternative to wood charcoal, many other places around the world would benefit from it,” he wrote in his JKC application essay.
Broward College’s other JKC scholarship recipients are: 2000: Sarah Wiggill; 2006: Sally-Anne McDonnell; 2007: Michelle Mills and Ben Walker; 2008: Paola Mariselli and Sarah Santos; 2010: Whitney Johnston; 2011: Faithful Okoye; 2012: Ronald Bray and Joseph O’Neill.