University of Minnesota Twin Cities alumnus and Sudan native Mohamed Bakri has been awarded a 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship. The national scholarship was awarded to thirty-four scholars out of the 977 candidates who were nominated for the award by their undergraduate institutions. Photo: Mohamed Bakri
University of Minnesota Twin Cities alumnus and Sudan native Mohamed Bakri has been awarded a 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship. The national scholarship was awarded to thirty-four scholars out of the 977 candidates who were nominated for the award by their undergraduate institutions. This program awards scholarships worth up to $50,000 each to college seniors or recent graduates to attend graduate or professional programs.
"I am very proud the University of Minnesota nominated me and pleased to receive such a generous scholarship. I am grateful for the wonderful support from both my sociology professors and the College of Liberal Arts honors advising staff. I will work hard to fulfill the expectations of this great university and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation," Bakri said.
Bakri is the second U of M Twin Cities student to win a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship. He is a 2006 summa cum laude graduate in sociology, and received CLA's Turner Award for Best Summa Thesis for 2006. With the support of the Cooke Scholarship, he will begin work toward a master's of public affairs degree this fall at the University's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Bakri earned an undergraduate degree in law from the Khartoum branch of the University of Cairo in 1987 and began a promising career as a journalist. An outspoken advocate for democracy, religious tolerance and women's rights, Bakri won recognition in journalism, poetry and drama before leaving Sudan as a political refugee in the late 1990s.
He and his family settled in Minnesota, where he began taking classes at Century College before transferring to the University of Minnesota. His summa thesis, "Failed Societal Community? The Crisis of Democracy in Sudan," analyzes the collapse of Sudan's first democratic government from a sociological perspective.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000. The Foundation offers several types of scholarships to help students of exceptional promise.