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    SIMMONS: Jack Kent Cooke's legacy continues to produce winners

    The lives of young scholars have intersected with a lasting legacy of Jack Kent Cooke, the late Redskins owner whose foundation rewards high-achievers who are not only academically worthy and in need of financial help, but also promising self-driven entrepreneurs, artists and career-focused individuals.

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  • "I was active in church and the community," she said. "I studied, I volunteered, I paid my tithes, I prayed. I am blessed with the foundation. I get to learn and travel the world. [At the foundation] they encourage you to step outside your comfort zone. That's my hope for other youths."

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  • "Our scholarships go to students with incarcerated parents or caregivers," said Miss Arrington, a double major in communications and history. "I've been there. I know my demographic, and it is children and teens with incarcerated parents, to help them financially and with all the emotional baggage that comes with that."

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