New Hampton Man Wins $30,000 Scholarship

Mason City, IA – A New Hampton man attending NIACC in Mason City was among 60 honored recently during the Pathways to Success luncheon.

50 year old James Keane of New Hampton won a scholarship for up to $30,000 a year to a four-year school of his choice.

Keane is one of 85 community college students in the country to win an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. It’s the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college students in the country.

The scholarship is intended to cover a significant share of a student’s educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees.

Selection is based on achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership and desire to help others.

Back in 2012 Keane, who was working in the construction business but wanted to pursue a career in teaching, won a scholarship to NIACC through the “Extreme Makeover: College Edition” contest for adults looking to improve their lives through education.

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