2016 Good Neighbor Grants Recipient Seal

Submit Your Proposal for Our 2016 Good Neighbor Grants!

We're looking to award this seal – along with one-time grants of $10,000 to $35,000 – to nonprofit organizations that focus on educating young people in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC areas.

ESEA Proposals are Critical to Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

ESEA Proposals are Critical to Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

Executive Director Harold Levy issues a statement urging Congress to maintain key provisions affecting the success of low-income, high-achieving students in the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization.

Application for Nation's Largest College Scholarship Opens

Application for Nation's Largest College Scholarship Open

Cooke Scholars will be awarded up to $40,000 each year for four years for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees. We encourage high-achieving high school seniors with financial need to apply for this scholarship.

JKCF Executive Director Discusses Excellence Gap with CBS Baltimore

Executive Director Discusses Excellence Gap with CBS Baltimore

Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy discussed the issue of the Excellence Gap with CBS Baltimore's Marcus Washington. "The idea is education is the way out. Education allows you to really soar, and we ought to encourage that."

Cooke Foundation Recognizes Three Scholars for Outstanding Contributions to Their Communities

Cooke Foundation Recognizes Three Scholars

For their outstanding contributions to the communities in which they live, Chat Travieso has been awarded the Matthew J. Quinn Prize and Agata Bykovtsev and Sarah Sahibousidq the Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award.

Harold Levy at NGA

Cooke Executive Director to Nation’s Governors: Excellence Gap Threatens Nation’s Health

Speaking before the National Governors’ Association summer meeting, Executive Director Harold Levy warned the nation’s governors of the threat the Excellence Gap poses to the strength of the American workforce.




Recent Blog Posts

Our Scholars Share Favorite Benefits of the Cooke College Scholarship

How filling out the College Scholarship application gave Cooke Scholars new opportunities and a community.

Harold Levy on Why State Tests Are Not So Standard

Harold Levy reflects on disparities between various thresholds for standardized tests across the United States in an op-ed for The Washington Post.

October 2: Education News We're Reading This Week

Arne Duncan steps down and John King Jr. steps into a new role. Low-income students have trouble finding the right college and accessing study abroad.



Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rising Cooke College Scholars Dawit Gebre and Emily Janis will join 130 college-bound, high school graduates from across the country today for a special event at the White House. Two of the event's sessions will be facilitated by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation staff, and one will feature current Cooke College Scholars Myles McMurchy, a student at Dartmouth College, and Merilin Castillo, a student at Harvard University.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Low-income students often lack the guidance and support needed to submit successful entries to scientific research competitions, a critical milestone for students intending to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is piloting a new program to recruit teachers, counselors, and scientists to become advocates for these students and help close the Excellence Gap.
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Monday, May 11, 2015
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has a new partnership with College Greenlight enabling it to reach thousands of low-income students across the country to make them aware that they are eligible for the Cooke Foundation’s prestigious scholarships.
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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.