The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

By offering the largest scholarships in the country, comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 7th grade to graduate school, the Foundation is dedicated to ensuring high-performing, low-income students have the support necessary to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to its scholarship programs, the Foundation provides grants for innovative, high-i

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Community Colleges Surprise New 2021 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 05/18/2021

Community Colleges Surprise New 2021 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Spring is one of the best times of the year at the Cooke Foundation because new Scholars are selected and amazing students get to see all of their hard work pay off as they prepare to start at selective colleges and universities. For Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars, some community college faculty participate in breaking the exciting news by conducting surprise announcements. Watch our favorite surprise moments here:

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/community-colleges-surprise-new-2021-cooke-undergraduate-transfer-scholars/

Community Colleges Surprise New 2021 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Spring is one of the best times of the year at the Cooke Foundation because new Scholars are selected and amazing students get to see all of their hard work pay off as they prepare to start at selective colleges and universities. For Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars, some community college facu...

72 Community College Students Awarded Prestigious National Scholarship to Finish Their Degrees at Four-Year Institutions - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 05/10/2021

72 Community College Students Awarded Prestigious National Scholarship to Finish Their Degrees at Four-Year Institutions - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

We are thrilled to announce 72 new 2021 Undergraduate Transfer Scholars!

“We know how much exponentially harder this past year has been on students. It’s an honor to award this group of individuals as they have achieved so much both in the classroom and in their daily lives,” said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. “We are proud to welcome this new class of Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars to our community and are excited to support them as they transition to four-year institutions.”

In addition to financial support, new Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholars will receive comprehensive educational advising to guide them through the process of transitioning to a four-year college and preparing for their careers. Scholars will additionally receive opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of Cooke Scholars and Alumni.

To date, over 1,000 students from all over the country have received the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Over 1,300 students from 370 community colleges applied for the 2021 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The Foundation evaluated each submission based on students’ academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, leadership, and service to others.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2021-undergraduate-transfer-scholars/

72 Community College Students Awarded Prestigious National Scholarship to Finish Their Degrees at Four-Year Institutions - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces its newest class of Undergraduate Transfer Scholars as they prepare to transfer in the fall. Lansdowne, VA — The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced that 72 high-achieving community college students are selected as recipients of the prestigious Cooke...

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards Prestigious Four-Year College Scholarship to 61 Class of 2021 Graduates - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 04/09/2021

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards Prestigious Four-Year College Scholarship to 61 Class of 2021 Graduates - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Foundation accepted 61 high school seniors to become 2021 Cooke College Scholars yesterday.

This year’s recipients, who represent 26 states, will receive up to $40,000 annually to cover costs associated with their undergraduate education, as they go on to attend some of the nation’s top colleges and universities next fall.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2021-cooke-college-scholars/

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards Prestigious Four-Year College Scholarship to 61 Class of 2021 Graduates - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Lansdowne, VA — The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced that 61 graduating high school seniors will receive the Cooke College Scholarship. This year’s recipients, who represent 26 states, will receive up to $40,000 annually to cover costs associated with their undergraduate education, as ...

Photos from The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's post 03/12/2021

Congratulations Marcela, it’s well-deserved and we’re thrilled to continue the journey with you!

#JKCF #CookeScholars #ThinkBig

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I have MANY emotions right now, but all I want to say is that I’m going to graduate school FOR FREE! I was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (@thejkcf) Graduate Award, which will allow me to get a master’s degree in journalism completely debt-free! I’ve already started hearing back from schools and I’m very excited for what’s ahead. But for now, I can’t stop thinking about how being a Cooke scholar has transformed my life. I’m beyond grateful for our Cooke community, especially my educational advisers Mojeje and Imani. Please enjoy these pictures of my first JKCF Scholars Weekend in 2017 💛

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Prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Announces 2021 Semifinalists from 398 Community Colleges around the Country - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 02/23/2021

Prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Announces 2021 Semifinalists from 398 Community Colleges around the Country - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2021-cooke-transfer-scholar-semifinalists/

We announced 406 semifinalists for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship yesterday, our scholarship for community college students looking to transfer to a four-year institution.

Today, nearly half of postsecondary students begin their college journey at a two-year institution. Research commissioned by the Foundation found that community college students who transfer to selective institutions have equal to or higher graduation rates as students who enrolled directly from high school or transferred from four-year institutions. Yet, at the nation’s top colleges, only five percent have transferred from a community college. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship seeks to increase the number of community college students completing their education at top four-year institutions.

Prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Announces 2021 Semifinalists from 398 Community Colleges around the Country - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced today the semifinalists for its highly competitive Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Through this award, the Foundation supports exceptionally talented community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Today,...

43 Cooke Young Scholars Accepted into College Scholarship Program - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation 02/08/2021

43 Cooke Young Scholars Accepted into College Scholarship Program - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced today that 43 current Cooke Young Scholars will continue to receive the organization’s comprehensive educational advising and financial support as Cooke College Scholars this fall. Through the Cooke College Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides Scholars with up to $40,000 per year for up to four years to complete a bachelor’s degree. Cooke Scholars also have access to opportunities for internships, study abroad, and a thriving community of motivated peers.

These students each entered the Cooke Young Scholars Program during their 8th grade year. Together, they have attended summer programs on college campuses and participated in enrichment programs in cities such as Athens, Greece, and Washington, DC.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/43-cooke-young-scholars-accepted-into-college-scholarship-program/

43 Cooke Young Scholars Accepted into College Scholarship Program - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation The Cooke Foundation’s undergraduate scholarship program announces its 21st cohort of exceptionally talented high school seniors Lansdowne, VA (February 8, 2021) – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced today that 43 current Cooke Young Scholars will continue to receive the organization’s co...

jkcf.org 01/25/2021

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces Semifinalists for Prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Today, The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the selection of 496 high school seniors as semifinalists for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program. This highly selective scholarship provides exceptionally talented students who have financial need with up to $40,000 annually for four years of college, to enable them to attend a top-performing college or university.

The semifinalists were chosen from a pool of 5,860 applicants and represent 428 different high schools. Every year, around 60 students are chosen for the scholarship. The 2021 Cooke College Scholarship recipients will be announced in April.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2021-cooke-college-scholar-semifinalists/

jkcf.org Lansdowne, VA (January 25, 2021) – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced, today, the selection of 496 high school seniors as semifinalists for the prestigious Cooke College Scholarship Program. This highly selective scholarship provides exceptionally talented students who have financial need wi...

jkcf.org 01/12/2021

Prestigious Cooke Young Scholars Program Application Now Open Through March - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Cooke Young Scholars Program application is now open through March 22! Current 7th graders should apply now to receive comprehensive educational advising, and financial support for academic and extracurricular activities.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/prestigious-cooke-young-scholars-program-application-now-open-through-march/

jkcf.org Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides scholarships and comprehensive advising for rising 8th graders to set them up for college success Lansdowne, VA – On Monday, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced the opening of the application for its 2021 Young Scholars Program. This competitive scholarship...

jkcf.org 01/04/2021

How to Apply - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Community college students looking to transfer to a 4-year institution: there are only two days left to apply for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship! Apply by 11 p.m. on January 6 in your local timezone.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarship/how-to-apply/

jkcf.org The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities.

jkcf.org 12/11/2020

The Value of an Internship - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

New blog post! Every student deserves the opportunity to experience a great internship. Read about the Cooke Internship Stipend program and some of the amazing organizations our scholars have interned for.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/the-value-of-an-internship/

jkcf.org Internships are invaluable for undergraduates in so many ways. They allow students to gain practical experience in their chosen field, exposure to a work environment, and networking contacts for the future. However, not all internships are built alike: some organizations opt to pay their interns lik...

12/11/2020

We’re thrilled to celebrate along with you all. Congratulations to all who are getting inducted tonight! 🎉 #JKCF

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Who's planning to watch tomorrow night as we induct 4300+ new #PTK members live on #Facebook? 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ Big thanks to @thejkcf for helping us celebrate these students!

12/02/2020

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11/30/2020

Congratulations to Santiago on this remarkable accomplishment, we’re so proud of you!

#CookeScholars #RhodesScholar #JKCF #MondayMotivation

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Santiago Potes is the first Latino DACA recipient to win a Rhodes Scholarship and he says it's all because of his elementary school teacher: "She was one of the biggest blessings that I've had in my entire life so far." Potes was an undocumented immigrant from Colombia who entered the US when he was 4 years old. And now, this fall, he will study contemporary East Asia and international politics at Oxford University, with an eye toward working in national security in the United States.
(📸: Santiago Tobar Potes)

bu.edu 11/30/2020

This Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Winner Might Be the Busiest Freshman on Campus

Cooke Scholar ShiMin Chen has big ambitions.

#CookeScholar #JKCF

https://www.bu.edu/articles/2020/jack-cooke-foundation-scholarship-winner-might-be-the-busiest-freshman-on-campus/

bu.edu First-generation college student ShiMin Chen has big plans, and lots of them, for her time at BU

jkcf.org 11/19/2020

November is National Scholarship Month - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

From the blog: Join the NSPA National Scholarship Month challenge with us by encouraging your students to apply for at least 10 scholarships in November. Here are 10 to start with, including no-essay scholarships and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/november-is-national-scholarship-month/

jkcf.org In November, the Cooke Foundation participates in NSPA’s National Scholarship Month campaign with other institutions, faculty, and students who believe in the fundamental role scholarships play in providing access and equity in higher education. In the last decade, the number of scholarships award...

prufrock.com 11/18/2020

Unlocking Potential: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Low-Income Households

"Unlocking Potential," edited by Tamra Stambaugh of Vanderbilt University and Paula Olszewski-Kubilius of Northwestern University, examines the latest research and best practices for serving gifted students with financial need. Chapter 11, authored by Vice President of Scholarship Programs Natalie Rodriguez Jansorn, shows the strength and resilience of the families of Cooke Young Scholars and applicants to our program.

"Students and families have much to teach educators. They are resilient, resourceful, adaptable, caring, creative, smart, and full of hope and determination for a future that matches their potential."

https://www.prufrock.com/Unlocking-Potential-Identifying-and-Serving-Gifted-Students-from-Low-Income-Households-P3656.aspx

prufrock.com This edited book, written by authors with extensive experience in working with gifted students from low-income households, focuses on ways to translate the latest research and theory into evidence-supported practices that impact how schools identify and serve these students. Readers will:

ccdaily.com 11/17/2020

Elite colleges compete for transfer students – Community College Daily

Hear from Executive Director Seppy Basili on the importance of faculty support for community college students looking to transfer to four-year institutions.

“If you’re not on campus, who’s helping you make transfer decisions? Faculty are going to be essential in this, over Zoom or another virtual tool. If faculty can take the mantle on transfer, that can make a big difference,” he says.

https://www.ccdaily.com/2020/11/elite-colleges-compete-for-transfer-students/

ccdaily.com Four-year institutions of higher education facing enrollment declines are stepping up their outreach to recruit more transfer students from community colleges. That’s the case even for competitive colleges and universities. “The pandemic is exacerbating the...

11/12/2020

Thrive Scholars

Grantee Spotlight: Thrive Scholars provides a supportive network for students who want to succeed in college.

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jkcf.org 11/06/2020

Cooke Scholars Celebrate #TransferStudentWeek 2020 - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

This is how Cooke Scholars celebrated #TransferStudentWeek this year and showed their transfer pride.

https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/cooke-scholars-celebrate-transferstudentweek-2020/

jkcf.org   Did you know that students who transferred from a community college are more likely to graduate from a four-year institution than students who matriculated out of high school or from another four-year college? Each year during the third week of October, the National Institute for the Study of Tra...

11/05/2020

We love sharing unique stories like these from two #CookeScholars at Stetson University:

https://southflorida.citybizlist.com/article/637418/two-stetson-university-students-receive-prestigious-jack-kent-cooke-foundation-scholarships

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

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