Closing the Excellence Gap for Rural Students

Closing the Excellence Gap for Rural Students

Executive Director Harold O. Levy and Dr. Susan Assouline of the Belin-Blank Center call for equal educational opportunities in The Des Moines Register, stating: "No one’s future prospects should be determined by parentage or ZIP code."

Cooke Scholar Dennis Murphy shares his "Long Climb" with Better Make Room

Cooke Scholar Dennis Murphy shares his "Long Climb" with Better Make Room

In a contribution for First Lady Michelle Obama's Better Make Room initiative, Dennis (pictured at left) describes his pathway from community college to American University.

How States Can Make High-Achieving, Low-Income Students a Priority under ESSA

How States Can Make High-Achieving, Low-Income Students a Priority under ESSA

In a joint letter issued with the Center for American Progress and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the Cooke Foundation provides governors and state superintendents with recommendations for closing the Excellence Gap.

Honoring Vassar's model of Higher Ed Equity under President Cappy Hill

Honoring Vassar's model of Higher Ed Equity under President Cappy Hill

During her time as president of Vassar College, Catharine "Cappy" Hill led the institution into becoming a more socioeconomically diverse campus. Executive Director Harold O. Levy describes her legacy in a commemorative issue of Vassar's alumni magazine.

Cooke Undergraduate Scholar Published in TIME

Cooke Undergraduate Scholar Published in TIME

Cooke Scholar Liz Dong shares her experiences as an undocumented student in TIME Ideas. The views expressed in this commentary are those of the writer alone, and and do not necessarily represent the views of the Cooke Foundation.

Celebrating the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 16th anniversary

Celebrating the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 16th anniversary

For the first time, we have compiled updates on the foundation's initiatives to educate the public, award prizes, make grants to other organizations with similar missions, and conduct high-visibility research. Click below to read our annual report.

 
 
 

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We are more dedicated than ever to creating opportunities for talented students with financial need. Here are 10 endeavors from 2016 that we will build upon.

Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 13, 2017

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News

Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 597 top community college students from across the nation as semifinalists to compete for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide up to 60 low-income students with as much as $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the new program will improve the competence of high school counselors, college advisors, teachers, librarians, school paraprofessionals, and the staff of community-based organizations to help increase college opportunities for underserved high school students
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Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today published a report summarizing its first 16 years of operation. The report details how the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarship assistance to nearly 2,200 high-achieving students from low-income families and over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.
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Video

A video introduction to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, a private, independent foundation established in 2000 to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.