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Northwestern Graduate Awarded Cooke Scholarship

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July 8, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Recent Northwestern University graduate Jiaxi Liu has received a 2009 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
   
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards scholarships to exceptional students for up to six years of study at the nation’s top graduate and professional schools. Each year, the highly competitive scholarship program awards about 30 deserving seniors and recent graduates out of about 1,000 nominated students.
   
Liu earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance June 19 from the Bienen School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS). While at Northwestern, she participated in the University Women’s Chorus and served as a Linguistics Representative on the WCAS Undergraduate Student Advisory Board.

Last year, Liu played the piano in an alumni benefit concert at the Academy of Music at St. Francis in the Fields in her hometown of Louisville, Ky. Later this year, Liu will be presenting her research on comparing musical and linguistic structure at the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology meeting in Budapest, Hungary.

In addition to the Cooke Scholarship, Liu was the recipient of a summer language grant from the German Academic Exchange Service and a scholarship from The North Shore Music Club.

Through the Cooke Scholarship, Liu will pursue a doctorate degree in linguistics at Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Music degree at the University’s Peabody Institute.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards millions of dollars each year in scholarships and grants to help exceptional students demonstrating financial need.