Apply Now for our Young Scholars Program!

Apply Now for our Young Scholars Program!

High-achieving 7th grade students with financial need are encouraged to apply for the nation's largest pre-college scholarship. The application is open now through April 5, 2017.

Something That Matters

Something That Matters

Qian Qian always knew she wanted to do something that matters. Watch our newest scholar spotlight video to see how she went from being a Cooke Young Scholar to an MIT graduate building health tech products.

In Search of America’s Hidden Figures

In Search of America’s Hidden Figures

Executive Director Harold O. Levy's commentary in The 74 Million emphasizes the importance of STEM programs for students from low-income and minority backgrounds. His piece highlights Cooke Foundation grantee Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM).

Cooke Foundation Awards $350,000 in Academic Grants

Cooke Foundation Awards $350,000 in Academic Grants

These grants will help provide academic enrichment opportunities for outstanding low-income students in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C.

Touchdown! Washington Post features the Cooke Foundation

Touchdown! Washington Post features the Cooke Foundation

In conjunction with this weekend's Super Bowl festivities, The Washington Post Magazine features an article about John Kent Cooke and the work of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Photo credit: Andre Chung for The Washington Post

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.

 
 
 

FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS

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Cooke Chronicle: Understanding the budget & addressing financial need

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Cooke Chronicle: Ensuring access to gifted programs and higher ed

Educators and policymakers look to increase access to gifted programs and higher education for underrepresented students.

Something That Matters: Cooke Scholar Qian Qian Tang

Qian Qian always knew she wanted to do something that matters. See how she went from a Cooke Young Scholar to an MIT graduate building healthtech products.

 

News

Thursday, February 16, 2017
These grants will help provide academic enrichment opportunities for outstanding low-income students in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Outstanding 7th grade students with financial need can apply from now until April 5 for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program, which is the largest high school scholarship and educational support program in the United States.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 628 outstanding high school seniors with financial need as semifinalists for its College Scholarship, which provides recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years to enable them to attend some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S. It is the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation.
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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.