Mercer University Graduate Receives Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship


LANSDOWNE, Va. – Recent Mercer University graduate Steven Hussung has been named one of 41 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's 2014 Graduate Scholarships.

Hussung, from New Market, Tennessee, majored in computational science and math and received his bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts in May. He will pursue a graduate degree at Indiana University Bloomington.

The scholarship, offered to high-performing students with financial need who seek to attend the best graduate programs in the United States and abroad, provides up to $50,000 toward graduate study.

“These outstanding Scholars distinguished themselves as undergraduates, academically and through engagement in their institutions and communities,” said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “Our scholarship will enable exceptionally talented and driven students to continue their educational pursuits.”

All of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholars were previous recipients of the foundation's undergraduate scholarships. Hussung was also selected for the foundation's Young Scholars Program as an eighth-grader.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 through the will of prominent businessman, sportsman and philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke. A self-made billionaire, Cooke overcame financial obstacles to achieve tremendous success. When he died in 1997, he left the bulk of his fortune to establish a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals of exceptional promise – those who work hard, stay focused and defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high achievement. For more information, visit

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​