Seven low-income East and South Bay community college students have been awarded a scholarship worth as much as $30,000 a year for up to three years to transfer to an accredited college or university to pursue a bachelor's degree.

All told, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation picked 85 recipients nationwide for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship program, the foundation announced in a news release Wednesday.

Bay Area winners are Paola Didone of Hayward's Chabot College, Chau Vo of College of Alameda, Jimsung Kim of Pleasant Hill's Diablo Valley College, Jose Salgado of Redwood City's Canada College, Dominique Yancey Piens of Oakland's Laney College, Janis Hatchl of Pittsburg's Los Medanos College and Jyodi Mohole of Santa Clara's Mission College.

"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has long been committed to helping outstanding community college students transfer to and succeed at the nation's top colleges and universities," Emily Froimson, the foundation's vice president of programs, said in a statement.

Scholars were picked based on high academic ability and achievements, leadership and financial need. The average grade-point average of the incoming class is 3.98, and the scholars come from families with an average annual adjusted gross income of approximately $25,000.

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