HAROLD O. LEVY IN THE HILL: VALUE MERIT OVER MONEY IN ADMISSIONS

HAROLD O. LEVY IN THE HILL: VALUE MERIT OVER MONEY IN ADMISSIONS

Talented students from low-income families have the deck stacked against them. In this latest op-ed, our executive director highlights the admissions and student support strategies of Amherst College, the 2016 winner of the Cooke Prize.

$1 MILLION COOKE PRIZE RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

$1 MILLION COOKE PRIZE RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

Amherst College in Massachusetts is the 2016 recipient of Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. This award recognizes the institution's excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students.

The New York Times Features Cooke Prize Honoree's Accomplishments

The New York Times Features Cooke Prize Honoree's Accomplishments

In his Sunday column for The New York Times, Frank Bruni describes the efforts towards diversity that earned Amherst College the foundation's Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

Colleges should open doors to bright low-income students

Colleges should open doors to bright low-income students

In a new opinion piece published by Fox News, Executive Director Harold O. Levy addresses the barriers to college access for bright, low-income students and spotlights the Cooke Prize finalists who are improving their admissions and support practices.

Seven Nonprofits Awarded $150,000 in Good Neighbor Grants

Seven Nonprofits Awarded $150,000 in Good Neighbor Grants

The Cooke Foundation announces our 2016 Good Neighbor Grants recipients. The seven local nonprofit organizations will serve more than 3,600 students through academic and arts enrichment programs.

SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ETHAN AMBROSE

SURPRISE SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ETHAN AMBROSE

Ethan Ambrose, an Urban Ambassador and star student at Medgar Evers College Preparatory in Brooklyn was honored at a surprise ceremony.

The Takeaway Features Cooke Scholar Angel Sanchez's Amazing Turnaround

The Takeaway Features Cooke Scholar Angel Sanchez's Amazing Turnaround

In an interview titled "Prison to the Honor Roll," Angel describes the moments that drove him to excel academically and become an agent for change.

 
 
 

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News

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Amherst College in Massachusetts is the 2016 recipient of a $1 million prize awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said today.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced $150,000 in Good Neighbor Grants to seven nonprofit organizations that provide academic and arts enrichment programs serving more than 3,600 students in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The one-time grants range from $10,000 to $35,000 each.
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Thursday, March 24, 2016
“The Department of Education has taken an important step by drawing attention to the need to lower barriers to college admission for academically qualified low-income students,” Executive Director Harold O. Levy said. “Doing this will benefit not just the students themselves, but our nation as a whole. If ever there was a bipartisan issue, this is it.”
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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.