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May 1, 2002
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Sarah Spinner Wins
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Sarah Spinner, a Johns Hopkins University senior from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has been selected as one of the first 50 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholars, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced today.

The scholars, ages 19 to 50, receive up to $50,000 a year for up to six years to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field at an accredited university. Spinner will graduate later this month with a degree in French and history of art and plans to further her studies at Yale University. She is one of seven Johns Hopkins University students chosen for this inaugural award.

Spinner, 22, credits the teachers in Hamilton, Ontario -- where she and her twin brother and three other siblings grew up -- for stimulating her mind and creativity and encouraging her to pursue her goals.

"I specifically remember my French teacher staying every day after school with me to prepare me for a national French contest," Spinner says. She won the top prize in the region. During high school, Spinner was involved in many student groups, including the debate team, history club and Students for Political Action, and she participated in many academic championships. She also volunteered at the local nursing home, library and primary school for disadvantaged children.

Spinner spent five summers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, studying art and participating in an internship to work in the Department of Medieval Art. There, she learned about art restitution, a subject in which Sarah has developed a deep interest. She says she is committed to telling the public about the important, unsung contributions of the American men and women" of the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives Section of the American military government in Germany. During an internship at the Commission for Art Recovery in New York, Spinner researched claims for looted art and also identified missing manuscripts that had been looted during World War II. Last summer, Spinner held an internship at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, where she built a research archive of worldwide German Judaica. While in Germany, she conducted advanced research in seven archives for her senior thesis.

Spinner is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honor societies. She is a Josephine de Karman Fellow and holds a French Government Diploma in Legal French. Spinner is also a member of Johns Hopkins' women's club soccer team.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation identifies young people nationwide who have shown unique overall excellence, both in academic endeavors and in extracurricular activities. The purpose of the foundation is to reward young men and women for unusual intelligence, application, deportment, and character. The first class of recipients reflects a wide diversity of interests, all aiming to be the best in their fields.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by its namesake to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential. Cooke was a businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist who owned the Toronto Maple Leaf baseball club, the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, and the Washington Redskins football team. He also owned the Chrysler Building in New York City, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and cable television stations. When Cooke died in 1997, he left most of his fortune to the foundation, which has more than $500 million in assets.

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