Butte College alumnus Brady Redfearn, Class of 2007, was one of just 35 undergraduate students recently awarded the prestigious 2010 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarships.
“I really did love my time at Butte College, so there is no shortage of gratitude I have as an alumnus,” said Redfearn. “BC gave me the basic tools necessary to succeed not only as an undergraduate at a four-year university but as a graduate student as well.”
Following his graduation from Butte College with an associate degree in language arts, Redfearn, also a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU) where he completed his bachelor of science degree in information technology in June. He is now working toward his master’s degree in science technology at BYU.
All of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholars have distinguished themselves academically during their undergraduate careers and all share a strong commitment to community service. Redfearn chose to serve as a missionary for the LDS Church in Texas after he graduated from high school prior to his enrollment at Butte College.
The Graduate Scholarship program provides up to a total of $50,000 to assist students in reaching their academic and professional goals.
While at Butte, Redfearn was a member of the college’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, and served as student body president. Within weeks of graduating, he married and now he and his wife, Valerie, also a BYU graduate, are expecting their first child.
Just as the Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Student Scholarship allowed Redfearn to attend undergraduate school, the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship allows Redfearn to attend graduate school.
While making a difference in the life of his family, he plans to use the technological knowledge he gains to help others.
“I feel like I can take my education and actually help make the world a better place, while also increasing profitability for my company,” he said.
Redfearn is the President of his local Tau Alpha Pi National Honor Society chapter as well as a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. In 2007, he was nominated to the All-USA Academic Team by USA Today.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping young people of exception promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation provides challenging opportunities to high achievers from lower-income families through its Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.