The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers multiple scholarships to high school, undergraduate students, and graduate students. These awards were designed to honor students who excel academically and who have financial need. Below is a list of the various scholarships offered through the Foundation:
Young Scholars Program: This award is open to students in 7th through high school. It is considered a pre-college scholarship and offers to opportunity for academically advanced middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to receive individualized advising related to their educational goals and to obtain financial support from 8th through 12th grades. The money may be put towards academic or enrichment programs through the year, including over the summer. In addition, it can support students who are interested in pursuing study abroad or internship opportunities. Books and other technology may also be purchased with the funds. This award is open to students from a variety of different educational background, including those who attend: pubic school, private school, a magnet school, a charter school, or who are homeschooled. It is also considered a gateway into the Foundation’s college scholarships. Students must apply when they are in 7th or 8th grade. Additionally, students must earn mostly As, reside inn the United States, and attend a high school in the U.S. Only 65 students are selected for this award. Additional information can be found here: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/.
College Scholarship Program: This award is highly selective and provides up to $40,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree. There are no limits on what major the student may pursue and students receive individualized mentoring regarding college selection and obtaining financial aid. Additional advising related to college life is also available. Students are chosen based on financial need, academic merit, leadership skills, and other criteria deemed important by the Foundation. Detailed information about the application process for this award can be found here: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/.
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: This award also provides up to $40,000 per year to students to study at the undergraduate level. Only transfer students may apply. The selection criteria are similar to the College Scholarship Program. In general, students must have completed two years of school and plan to enroll on a full time basis for the following fall. Only students who demonstrate financial need and who have at least a 3.5 grade point average will be considered. This award will only fund students who are transferring from a community college or a junior college; students who have already attended a four-year institution may not apply. Students are chosen based on a combination of financial need, persistence, leadership skills, community service, and academic achievement. More details can be found here: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/.
In general, all of these awards require information from the applicant, the parents, and academic recommenders. The applicant will complete demographic information related to school and extra-curricular activities, respond to essays or questions, and provide transcripts and other requested material. Parents must complete financial and employment information. Academic recommenders must be professionals and will complete an online letter of recommendation for the student.