Central Lee's Ashmore named Cooke scholar

7th grader selected out of 800 applicants


DONNELLSON — Central Lee Middle School student Micah Ashmore has been named a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Ashmore is one of 43 Young Scholars selected from a pool of 800 applicants for the program. He will receive a five-year, pre-college scholarship, recognizing his outstanding achievements as a seventh-grade student. Ashmore was recommended for the scholarship by Central Lee talented and gifted teacher Hollie Weber and middle school math teacher Andrew Orton.
“Micah has embraced the multitude of opportunities that Central Lee has provided, actively participating in various activities throughout his academic journey,” said Weber. “I am eager to witness the experiences and growth that this program will offer him, as well as his continued success.”
The comprehensive pre-college scholarship encompasses academic guidance, college advising, participation in sponsored summer programs, internships, music and art lessons, and support for hardware, software needs, and enrichment opportunities tailored to each student.
Ashmore completed several rounds of the application process in May 2022 and spanning throughout the summer of the same year. He was assisted by Nadine Weirather, K-12 talented and gifted coordinator, in the completion of his application.
"The honor, distinction, and growth opportunities presented by the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar program are unparalleled,” said Dr. Andy Crozier, Central Lee Superintendent. “We are incredibly proud of Micah for securing this prestigious scholarship, and we have full confidence that he will seize this opportunity, paving the way for his success in high school and beyond."
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students.. The Young Scholars Program, one of the organization’s flagship initiatives, offers tailored scholarships and educational support to exceptionally promising students who demonstrate leadership, persistence, financial need, and outstanding academic ability and achievement.
To learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, please visit


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