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Young Scholars Eligibility

Young Scholars Application Process and Deadlines

Young Scholars Selection Process

Young Scholars Program Description and Expectations

College Scholarship Program - Eligibility

College Scholarship Program What Scholarship Covers

College Scholarship Program How to Apply & the Application Process

College Scholarship Program Selection and Notification Process

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Eligibility

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Selection

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Application Deadlines and Key Dates

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Getting Ready to Apply

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Working Through The Application Process

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Recommendation and Related Issues

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Financial Information Forms and Related

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Mr. Cooke

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Graduate Art Award Online Application Access and Questions

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Graduate Art Award Recommendations and Related Issues

Graduate Art Award Financial Information Forms and Related

Graduate Art Award Selection

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Questions & Answers

Young Scholars Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply to the Young Scholars Program?

Eligibility requirements for the Young Scholars Program include:

  • You must be entering 8th grade in the fall of 2014.
  • Since the beginning of 6th grade, you have earned grades of all or mostly As in school with no Cs or below in your core academic subjects (English/language arts, math, science, social studies/history).
  • Your family income does not exceed $95,000. The average family income of entering Young Scholars is approximately $25,000.  In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000. 
  • You must reside in the US or a US territory and plan to attend high school in the US.

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What test scores do I need to qualify?

What test scores do I need to qualify?
Students who have taken out-of-grade level standardized tests, such as the SAT or ACT, must submit official score reports. Students who have not taken the SAT or ACT should ask their schools to submit scores from other recent state and national standardized achievement tests. Students without any standardized test scores may still apply. Each application will be reviewed individually.

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Must I be eligible for one of the Talent Centers' programs to apply?

Must I be eligible for one of the talent centers' programs to apply?
No. While the talent centers help conduct outreach for the Young Scholars Program, eligibility is entirely independent of the talent centers. Each year the Foundation accepts students into the Young Scholars Program that are not eligible for the talent center programs.

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Are home-schooled students eligible to apply?

Are homeschooled students eligible to apply?
Yes. Parent(s) of students who are home-schooled will be asked to indicate the period home-schooled (e.g., fourth through sixth grade) and explain their decision to home-school. If you are being home-schooled this academic year, you will also be asked to attach a list of current coursework and include a brief summary of student progress in each course. You will not need to submit the School Profile as part of your application. Please see the application guidelines for specific instructions.

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Are high-achieving students who also have learning disabilities eligible to participate in the Young Scholars Program?

Are high-achieving students who also have learning disabilities eligible to participate in the Young Scholars Program?
The Foundation encourages applications to the Young Scholars Program from students who demonstrate high levels of ability in some areas, but whose learning disabilities reduce their measured performance in other areas. The application to the Young Scholars Program provides an opportunity to describe student learning disabilities, and the Foundation may ask applicants to submit available documentation of learning disabilities.

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Must I be a US citizen to apply?

Are high-achieving students who also have learning disabilities eligible to participate in the Young Scholars Program?
The Foundation encourages applications to the Young Scholars Program from students who demonstrate high levels of ability in some areas, but whose learning disabilities reduce their measured performance in other areas. The application to the Young Scholars Program provides an opportunity to describe student learning disabilities, and the Foundation may ask applicants to submit available documentation of learning disabilities.

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Must I be a US citizen to apply?

Must I be a US citizen to apply?
No. You must, however, reside in the United States or a US territory and attend high school in the United States. At this time, the Foundation is not providing services to students who attend high school outside the United States.

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What is the limit on a Young Scholar's family income?

What is the limit on a Young Scholar's family income?
Family income may not exceed $95,000. The average family income of our previous class of Young Scholars was approximately $25,000. In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000. We take into consideration: high cost of living expenses in some areas, extraordinary medical expenses, number of dependents in college, number of dependents, and high cost of supporting children with learning differences.

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If the parent I don't live with is unwilling to complete the Non-Custodial Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Financial Form, am I still eligible to apply?

If the parent I don't live with is unwilling to complete the Non-Custodial Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Financial Form, am I still eligible to apply?
Yes, but an explanation of the situation and copies of relevant official documents must be provided with the Family Information Form.

 

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If I am not eligible for the Young Scholars Program, what other programs can I apply for?

If I am not eligible for the Young Scholars Program, what other programs can I apply for?

You can see a list of other programs and opportunities on our Additional Resources page.

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Young Scholars Application Process and Deadlines

What does the application process involve?

What does the application process involve?

We have a two-phase application process for the Young Scholars Program.

Phase One application requirements include:

  • Short application about you and your family, your GPA, and other basic information
  • School Profile to be completed by your principal or guidance counselor
  • Teacher Recommendation Form from your English/Language Arts OR your Mathematics teacher
  • Financial information including the last three years’ AGI for your household

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on your Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process.

Phase Two application requirements include:

  • Continuation of student application
  • Financial Form, including a copy of 2013 Federal Tax Return
  • Teacher Recommendation Form from a second teacher, either your English/Language Arts OR Mathematics (whichever teacher did not complete your Phase One Teacher Recommendation Form.)
  • Personal Recommendation Form from a coach, mentor, etc.

As you are preparing your Phase One application, we strongly encourage you to begin gathering the required materials for Phase Two so that you will be prepared to submit your Phase Two application quickly should you be invited to do so.

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What are the application deadlines?

What are the application deadlines?

The deadline for the Phase One application will be in late March 2014. Should you be invited to complete Phase Two of the application, the deadline for the application as well as all required documentation will be in mid-May 2014

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What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program application process?

What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program application process?

January
Application materials will be available to all 7th-grade students on the Foundation's website in mid-January 2014.

Late March 2014
Phase One application closes

April
All applicants will be notified regarding their Phase One application status in mid-April.

Mid - April 2014
Those applicants invited to complete Phase Two will have access to the Phase Two application.

Mid- May 2014
Phase Two application closes

June-September
Application review which may include telephone or in-person interviews.

Fall 2014
The Foundation notifies all applicants via email of the final selection decision. The Foundation's educational advisers contact all new Young Scholars and arrange an in-person visit to the Scholar's home.

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How do I obtain application materials?

How do I obtain application materials?
In January, all application materials are made available on the Foundation's website.

If you do not have Internet access, you can obtain application materials by contacting the regional talent center that conducts outreach in your state.   

Students who reside in the:
- East and West Coast states should contact Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth:
(410) 735-6270 or jkc@jhu.edu

- Southern states should contact Duke University Talent Identification Program:
(919) 668-9100 or jkcf@tip.duke.edu

- Midwestern states should contact Northwestern University Center for Talent Development:
(847) 491-3782 or ctd@northwestern.edu

- Rocky Mountain states should contact the Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center:
(303) 428-2634 or cbk@centerforbrightkids.org

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What is the role of the Talent Centers?

What is the role of the Talent Centers?

The Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers to inform students, families, and schools about the Young Scholars Program and answer related inquiries.  Applicants do not need to be part of the talent centers' programs to be eligible for or participate in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program. 

If you have questions about applying to the Young Scholars Program, you can contact the talent center affiliated with your state and the outreach staff at the center will assist you with your questions.

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How will I know that my application has been received?

How will I know that my application has been received?
Students who apply online will receive immediate notification once they submit their application.  Students applying via paper application will receive a postcard in the mail indicating that their application has been received.

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What do I do if I forgot my User ID or password?

What do I do if I forgot my User ID or password?
On the login page, click the "Forgot User ID or Password?" link. To retrieve your password, enter your User ID where requested. If you selected a security question and provided an answer when you first created the account, you will be asked to provide the answer to that question again. If the answer you provide matches what is in your account, your password will be sent to the email address on file. If you did not select a security question when you created the account, you will need to contact the Customer Service Center at 855-509-5253 or Contact Us.

To retrieve your User ID, enter the email address you provided when you created the account. You should be sent an email containing your User ID to that email address. If you have forgotten both your User ID and password, contact the Customer Service Center (see contact information above).

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How do I change my password or User ID?

How do I change my password or User ID?
Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, go to the login page and click the "Forgot User ID" or "Password" button, then follow the online instructions.

To change your password, log in and click the "Change Password" tab on the left side of the screen. In the "Old Password" field, enter your current password. In the "New Password" and "Reenter New Password" fields, enter the new password you wish to use. Your User ID cannot be changed.

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I am locked out of my account. Why? What do I do now?

I am locked out of my account. Why? What do I do now?
After three failed attempts to log in, your account is disabled automatically. Please return to the Contact Us form to request assistance.

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While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?

While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?
During registration you must create a unique User ID—something that no one else in the system has used before. If you complete registration and receive a message that the account cannot be created because it already exists, it is likely that the User ID you have selected is already in use. Select another User ID. Once you have registered successfully, a confirmation email will be sent with your login information.

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How do I properly log out?

How do I properly log out?
When you are ready to log out, be sure you have saved any updates that you were working on. Log out using the "Logout" tab in the left navigation menu.

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When will the Recommender/School Official know that it is time to submit their online forms?

When will the Recommender/School Official know that it is time to submit their online forms?
Recommenders and school officials will receive an email with instructions within 24 hours after you enter their email addresses in the "School Official” and “Recommender” sections of your application.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to follow up with your Recommenders and School Official to be sure they have received the instructions and completed their online forms.

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How does the Recommender/School Official verify and submit a Recommendation/School Profile?

After the Recommender and School Official have completed the corresponding online form, they will be able to review the information prior to submission. When the Recommender or School Official is ready to submit the online forms, they must click “Submit” in order to certify that their online forms are complete. A confirmation screen will appear to verify submission of the Recommendation/School Profile.

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How long does the Recommender/School Official have to submit their Recommendation/School Profile form?

How long does the Recommender/School Official have to submit their Recommendation/School Profile form?
The Recommenders and School Official will have until the application deadline to submit their information. If you are invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application, your two additional recommendations are due by the application deadline for Phase Two. We encourage you to monitor the status of your application and communicate with your recommenders and school official to make sure they successfully submit the form on time.

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How do I submit my supporting documents and when are they due?

How do I submit my supporting documents and when are they due?
Supporting documents are only required in Phase Two of the application process. If you are invited to complete a Phase Two application, you will be required to upload documents into your online application according to the directions in the application. If you do not follow the instructions, your application may not be considered.

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How do I know if my application is complete?

How do I know if my application is complete?
The online application system will not allow you to submit an incomplete application. When you click the "Review" button, the application will indicate if your application is missing any required information. Once you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation. In Phase Two, the documents you upload to the application will be verified by the Foundation before the application is considered complete. If an uploaded supplemental document is not approved, the Foundation will contact you in order to submit the correct document.

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Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

You do not need to complete the application at one time. You will be able to work on your Phase One application from January 2014 when the application opens, until the Phase One deadline date. If you are selected to complete the Phase Two of the application, you will be able to work on your application from mid- April to mid-May. You may complete each phase of the application in any order you prefer. To avoid losing data that you enter: Do not use your browser’s forward or back button; frequently click the Save button; and always use the Logout link on the navigation bar that is on the left side to exit. You will be able to return to the application to update and edit as frequently as desired until you submit your application or the application deadline has passed.

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Young Scholars Selection Process

How many Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars are selected?

How many Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars are selected?
This year the Foundation will choose up to 60 Young Scholars from across the country.

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What are the selection criteria?

What are the selection criteria?
The Foundation reviews each application individually with the assistance of a panel of education experts.  The Foundation selects Young Scholars using the criteria below.  While all criteria are important, the Foundation pays particular attention to the first two.  

  • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential letters of recommendation. We consider grades (typically mostly 'As'), achievement test scores, participation in available honors or advanced courses, commitment to learning, and work ethic.
  • Financial need: Your family income does not exceed $95,000.The average family income of entering Young Scholar’s is approximately $25,000. In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Desire to help others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.

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When and how are the scholarship winners announced?

When and how are the scholarship winners announced?
All applicants, whether selected for the scholarship or not, are notified by email in the fall. Recipients' names will not be published on the Foundation's website.

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Young Scholars Program Description and Expectations

What opportunities and support do Young Scholars receive?

Working together as a team, the Young Scholar, parent or guardian, and a full-time Foundation educational adviser develop an Individual Learning Plan tailored to the student’s talents, educational goals, and financial situation. Each Young Scholar receives a unique combination of opportunities that may include:

  • Guidance in selecting a high school and, if necessary, support in applying to a private or magnet high school.
  • Summer academic or enrichment programs.
  • Computers, software, or other learning technology.
  • Specialized support in music, art, science, math, or other subjects.
  • Connection with a nationwide community of Young Scholars.
  • Resources for career exploration and mentorship.
  • College advising and counseling.

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As a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar, what is expected of me?

As a Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar, what is expected of me?
The Foundation expects each Young Scholar and their family to communicate at least once every two weeks and work closely with their designated Foundation educational adviser to develop and follow their annual Individual Learning Plans (ILP).

The Foundation also expects Young Scholars to Think Big and Work Hard:

  • Maintain a strong academic record (As and Bs in an unweighted GPA calculation) while taking an appropriately challenging course load,
  • Act with honesty and personal integrity,
  • Demonstrate character and leadership,
  • Be concerned about and engaged in his/her community,
  • Maintain a good disciplinary record,
  • Participate in residential summer enrichment opportunities,
  • Follow through with the opportunities and services outlined in his/her ILP,
  • Do his/her best to take the action steps that lead to achieving his/her ILP goals,
  • Attend Welcome Weekend during the summer before 9th grade,
  • Attend Scholars Weekend during the summer before 12th grade, and
  • Work cooperatively with Foundation staff.

These responsibilities are outlined in a Letter of Commitment included in the award packet, signed by the Scholar and the Scholar's parent(s) or guardian(s). Families and Scholars discuss program expectations in depth with the educational adviser prior to signing.

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What does working with a Foundation educational adviser involve?

What does working with a Foundation educational adviser involve?
The Foundation matches an on-staff Educational Adviser (EA) with each Young Scholar. The EA collaborates with Scholars and their families during the middle and high school years, to provide academic guidance, assess needs and opportunities, identify resources, and determine the Foundation’s support. Young Scholars and their families are expected to communicate at least every two weeks with their educational advisers by phone, email, and via Skype. . Each educational adviser conducts home and school visits to each Young Scholar.

The EA plays four different roles: guide, advocate, coach, and tailor.

As a guide, the EA helps each Young Scholar:

  • Select a high school
  • Plan an appropriately challenging four-year academic course load
  • Discover new educational resources
  • Research enrichment opportunities
  • Prepare for and complete the college admissions process

As an advocate, the EA:

  • Conducts home and school visits
  • Collaborates with educators, coaches, mentors, and other key adults to help support the Scholar’s learning
  • Helps make educational decisions

As a coach, the EA helps each Young Scholar:

  • Develop strengths and skills
  • Address academic challenges as they arise
  • Stretch outside of his or her comfort zone
  • Set yearly academic and extracurricular goals

As a tailor, the EA helps each Young Scholar:

  • Construct a yearly Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Understand how ILP opportunities complement one another
  • Achieve academic and extracurricular goals
  • Select summer experiences that enhance growth and learning

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What is an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)?

What is an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)?
Created to help each Young Scholar meet his/her academic and extracurricular goals, an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) is a map of the annual educational opportunities funded by the Foundation.

Each ILP is designed to help Scholars develop and nurture academic skills, explore passions and interests, and stretch outside of their comfort zone.
Young Scholars experience opportunities that may include:

  • Residential summer programs
  • School expenses
  • Fine music/art/athletic lessons and supplies
  • Books and magazines
  • Software and technology
  • Distance learning courses
  • Internships
  • Conferences
  • Travel opportunities

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Who decides what is included in a Young Scholar's ILP?

Who decides what is included in a Young Scholar's ILP?
The Foundation educational adviser works closely with the Scholar, his/her family, and others to understand the abilities, talents, dreams, and goals of each Young Scholar. Educational advisers then develop individualized recommendations that can move the Scholar toward those goals. Family input is carefully considered, and parent(s) or guardian(s) always have the right to decline any recommendation. The Foundation’s director of Young Scholars and other staff work directly with the educational adviser to assure that a realistic, balanced plan is presented to the Scholar and family.

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How can I use the scholarship?

How can I use the scholarship?
While Young Scholars are selected in the 8th grade, funding for services does not begin until the summer before 9th grade. The Foundation tailors opportunities to each student's unique needs and community resources, working with the Scholar and family each spring to develop a plan for the upcoming school year. Beginning in 9th grade, students may use the scholarship to attend academic summer, after-school, or weekend programs; participate in distance learning or college courses; and take performing or fine arts lessons. The Foundation may also fund the purchase of resources such as books, computers, supplemental educational tools, or computer software. For some Young Scholars, the awards fund a contribution to high school or special-program tuition.

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Does the Young Scholars Program primarily provide boarding school scholarships?

Does the Young Scholars Program primarily provide boarding school scholarships?
No, the primary purpose of the program is to find challenging educational experiences for high school students. In only some cases does this include support for private boarding school. Educational advisers work with Young Scholars and their families to determine the suitability of their local public or magnet schools. Where suitable local school opportunities are available, scholarship funds will be used to enhance local educational opportunities through distance learning courses, summer programs, and other services. If no suitable local school option is available to meet the Scholar’s educational needs, the Foundation works with the Young Scholar and their families to apply for admission to and financial aid from a boarding, private, or parochial school. If the Scholar is admitted to a private school and the financial aid the family receives is inadequate to meet their financial need, the Foundation may contribute to these costs.

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How long will scholarship support continue?

How long will scholarship support continue?
Each school year, the Foundation evaluates Young Scholars through a renewal process. Foundation staff consider the Scholar’s commitment to and participation in the program; working relationship with the designated Foundation educational adviser; academic performance; and progress, conduct, and motivation. When students have not met the expectation of the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation does not renew their participation in the program.  The Foundation also takes disciplinary action during the year as necessary, up to and including expulsion from the program.

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Are there any mandatory requirements?

Are there any mandatory requirements?
During the summer before 9th grade, Young Scholars are required to participate in a Foundation-sponsored Young Scholars Welcome Weekend in the Washington, DC area. In the summer before 12th grade, Young Scholars are required to return to the Washington, DC area to participate in Scholars Weekend.

Young Scholars are expected to communicate at least once every two weeks and work closely with their designated Foundation educational adviser. Young Scholars also participate in summer enrichment programs, which often include residential placement away from home.

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College Scholarship Program - Eligibility

Am I eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program?

To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

  • Graduate from a US high school in spring 2017
  • Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2017
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above or ACT composite score of 26 or above
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant

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If I am homeschooled, am I eligible to apply?

Yes. Your application will be most competitive if you are participating in a program in which your parent(s)/guardian(s) are annually required to submit to the state:

  • Notification to that you are being homeschooled
  • Your state standardized test scores
  • And/or a professional evaluation of your performance and progress

Applicants living in states that do not require the above are still eligible to apply; please be prepared to provide documentation to validate your homeschool progress should you make it to the final stages of selection. Staff will contact you if further documentation is needed.

While you will not need to submit the School Profile as part of your application, you will be required to submit grades and a transcript detailing your homeschool curriculum. You will also need to supply two teacher recommendations, preferably from individuals other than your parent(s)/guardian(s).

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If I have a diagnosed learning difference, am I eligible to apply?

Yes, if you meet or exceed the other selection criteria, you are eligible to apply.

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If I haven't taken the ACT or SAT yet, am I eligible to apply?

The ACT and/or SAT are required in order to apply for the College Scholarship Program.  You must take the test and receive scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above or ACT composite score of 26 or above.

All College Scholarship Program applicants are required to have taken the SAT and/or ACT test and have score report(s) available by the application deadline to be uploaded to the application.  In order to receive your scores in time to submit them with the application, you must take either:

  • ACT by September 12, 2015 (register by August 7, 2015), and/or
  • SAT by October 3, 2015 (register by September 3, 2015)

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If I received a GED diploma, am I eligible to apply?

No. If you received a GED diploma, you are not eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.

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Must I be a US citizen to apply?

No. You must, however, reside in the United States or a US territory and attend high school in the United States. At this time, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is not providing services to students who attend high school outside of the United States.

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Do I have to attend college in the US?

No, you do not have to attend college in the US, but you must attend a fully accredited four-year institution to pursue a baccalaureate degree.

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Are there restrictions on fields of study for College Scholarship recipients?

No. You can pursue a baccalaureate degree in the field of study of your choice. Non-degree programs are not eligible.

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How does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation determine unmet financial need?

Although, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also show unmet financial need, which has two components:

  1. Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  2. Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

Please be aware that:

  • Students receiving full funding for their four-year degree will not be competitive for this scholarship, as they have no unmet financial need.
  • Non-US citizens may be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarships if they demonstrate unmet financial need, regardless of their eligibility for other types of federal and institutional financial aid.

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Why did I receive an invitation from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to apply for the College Scholarship Program when I am not eligible to apply based on my family’s income?

We receive names and addresses of students who scored highly on the PSAT, SAT, or ACT from the College Board and ACT. Thus, many students receive our mailing because they did exceptionally well on their standardized tests and checked a box on their test form indicating that they would like to receive information about scholarship opportunities. The College Board and ACT do not release information regarding students' family income. As a result, some of the students who receive our mailing do not qualify financially for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.

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Am I still eligible to apply if the parent with whom I do not live is unwilling to complete the Parent(s)/Guardian(s) Form?

Yes, but you must provide, as part of your application, a detailed explanation of the situation and copies of relevant official documents.

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Does applying Early Action or Early Decision to a college affect my eligibility to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program?

No.

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Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program?

No. You must not be enrolled in a bachelor’s program at the time of application. You must be planning to enroll full time in an accredited four-year institution for fall 2015.

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If I am already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, am I eligible to apply?

No. You must not be enrolled in a bachelor’s program at the time of application. You must be planning to enroll full time in an accredited four-year institution for fall 2016.

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If I am not eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program, what other scholarships can I apply for?

You can see a list of other programs and opportunities on our Additional Resources page.

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College Scholarship Program What Scholarship Covers

Will the scholarship pay for a bachelor's/master's program?

The scholarship will cover the undergraduate portion of dual degree programs. The graduate portion – generally the 5th year – is not funded through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.

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Will the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program pay for me to attend an online accredited four-year college or university?

No, accredited online four-year programs are not covered by Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program funds.

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As a College Scholar, would I be allowed to receive other grants or scholarships and still qualify for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program?

With few restrictions, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will permit you to receive other awards. In fact, all Scholars must apply for financial aid from their four-year institutions each year.  Most receive other forms of aid in addition to the scholarship funds.

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Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?

A portion of each scholarship award may be considered taxable by the US Internal Revenue Service. Scholarship recipients are responsible for ascertaining tax liability for the scholarship, and for reporting the taxable portions of their scholarship as income. See publications 520 and 970 on the IRS website for details.

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How much support does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program provide?

The amount of the award varies by student, based on the cost of attendance as well as the amount of other scholarships or grants a recipient will receive. The maximum amount of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship is $40,000 per year. In some extenuating circumstances, the Foundation may exceed the maximum cap if significant unmet financial need has been determined. Each award may fund all or a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the period required to complete your bachelor’s degree program (lasting no more than four years).

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If I am awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship, will I automatically receive funding to complete my undergraduate degree?

No. The scholarship is renewable each year. At the end of each academic year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will review your grades, financial eligibility, conduct, progress toward degree, and cooperation with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and determine, at the Foundation’s sole discretion, whether to renew the scholarship for the next academic year. The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, revoke a scholarship during the academic year based on a similar review.

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Will the scholarship pay for more than four years of college to earn my bachelor's degree?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship is intended to provide four years of funding for recipients. Exceptions to this would only be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program support study in non-degree programs?

No. Only students who will pursue baccalaureate degree programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program.

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As a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship recipient, what benefits would I receive besides the scholarship funding?

In addition to your award, as a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar you will have access to college planning support and personal advising throughout your college tenure, as well as the opportunity to connect with a network of highly-talented Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and alumni through events, a mentoring program, and social media.

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If I am selected as a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar, what would be expected of me?

During the summer before your freshman year in college, College Scholars are required to participate in a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation-sponsored Scholars Weekend in the Washington, DC area. In addition, the Foundation expects College Scholars to communicate and work closely with their designated Foundation educational adviser. Lastly, the Foundation also expects College Scholars to:

  • Maintain a strong academic record (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better) while taking an appropriately challenging course load
  • Act with honesty and personal integrity
  • Demonstrate character and leadership
  • Be concerned about and engaged in their community
  • Maintain a good disciplinary record
  • Work cooperatively with Foundation staff

These responsibilities are outlined in a Scholar Agreement, which each selected scholar is required to sign.

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When will the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation notify me of my award amount?

Over the summer you will receive an award letter usually within four weeks of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation receiving your Cost of Attendance from your four-year institution.

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How will I receive my scholarship?

Scholarship amounts are sent directly to your school. If a stipend is included as a portion of your scholarship, the school will release the funds to you.

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College Scholarship Program How to Apply & the Application Process

What does the application process involve?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application requirements will include:

  • Demographic information about you and your family.
  • Academic information about you, including your cumulative unweighted GPA, course grades, and standardized test scores.
  • Self-assessment and multiple choice questions.
  • School Profile to be completed by your principal or guidance counselor.
  • Two teacher Recommendations to be completed by core subject teachers.
  • Financial information including the last three years’ Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for your household.
  • Short and long essays.
  • Official transcripts, College Entrance Exam score reports and other transcript forms, dual enrollment, online courses, etc. (if applicable).
  • Financial Form, including a copy of parent(s)/guardian(s) Federal Tax Return for the last three years. If for any reason Federal Tax forms were not filed, an explanation must be submitted to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation regarding financial circumstances in addition to completing the Financial Form.

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Are there any costs or fees associated with applying to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program?

No.

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How many recommendations will be required?

We ask you to submit two teacher recommendations.
 

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Who should I select to complete my recommendations?

Two academic recommendations are required, one from an 11th grade teacher in a core academic subject (English/language arts, mathematics, social studies/history, science, or foreign language), and one from another teacher or professor who has worked with you in two of the last four years. Both of the  recommenders should be well-acquainted with your performance and character, and should be able to discuss your academic progress through the class curriculum, challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and your overall academic engagement.

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What if my parent(s)/guardian(s) or I do not file federal taxes?

If you or your parents do not file federal taxes, we require you to provide estimated financial information in the Financial Form. You must also include an explanation regarding your family’s financial circumstances.

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Which forms do my parent(s)/guardian(s) need to complete?

The parent/guardian form is an online form to be completed by the biological or adoptive parents of the applicant. If the parent(s)/guardian(s) live in the same household, they will complete one Parent/Guardian Form together.  If the applicant has only one parent/guardian (the second parent/guardian is deceased, missing or unknown), your parent/guardian will complete one Parent/Guardian Form.  If the parents/guardians live in two separate households, they will each complete a separate Parent/Guardian Form.  Parents/guardians will provide information on employment and education, household members, and financial information including the last three year’s federal tax return forms.

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Must I provide an official transcript?

Yes, you must provide an official high school transcript. We understand that once you open your official high school transcript to upload it onto your application it is no longer considered “official”. An unsealed official transcript will be acceptable for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application.

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Why does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation want my unweighted GPA?

Providing the selection committee with a calculated unweighted GPA in the form of a 4.0 scale assures that your academic data is being considered correctly, and compared consistently with others. Many schools have their own grading systems and processes, so re-calculating assists in clearly considering your academic record.

To calculate your unweighted GPA, you may utilize a number of online resources/tools such as:

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What if I have more questions regarding the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program and the application process?

All questions should be directed to our Application Help Desk. You can email or call 800-941-3300. Please allow up to two business days for a reply. The Help Desk is staffed Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Are test scores required for the scholarship application?

Yes. The ACT and/or SAT are required in order to apply for the College Scholarship Program.  You must take the test and receive the following minimum scores to be eligible to apply:

SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above (old SAT*)

OR

ACT composite score of 26 or above.

All College Scholarship Program applicants are required to have taken the SAT and/or ACT test and have score report(s) available by the application deadline to be uploaded to the application.  The application deadline is November 25, 2016.

*If you took the new SAT, you can convert your scores using the conversion tool: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/scores/understanding-scores/sat-score-converter

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College Scholarship Program Selection and Notification Process

How many College Scholars will the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation select?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will choose up to 40 College Scholars from across the country.

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What are the selection criteria?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each application individually with assistance from a panel of education experts. Among the criteria used in the selection process are:

  • Exceptional academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations. We consider:
    • unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above
    • college entrance exam scores (SAT and/or ACT) in the top 15% nationally: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above or ACT composite score of 26 or above
    • participation in available advanced courses
    • commitment to learning
    • intellectual curiosity
  • Unmet financial need: Limited family income and assets in light of educational expenses. Substantial unmet educational costs after taking into account other scholarships and grants students may receive. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in school and out-of-school areas (family, religious community, sports, arts, etc.).
  • Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

I am a community-college student with credit for several courses. I am not sure if I will have sophomore status by January 2014. What constitutes sophomore status?

Please check with your community college for its official policy.  Typically, colleges require students to complete 30 credit hours to complete freshman year.  To be eligible, therefore, typical applicants will have successfully completed at least 30 credit hours, or the equivalent.

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Do I meet the minimum eligibility requirements for an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship?

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship must:

  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009)
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
  • Not have previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Eligibility

Do I meet the minimum eligibility requirements for an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship?

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship must:

  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of December 31, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2012)
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2017
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need

Please Note: Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.) Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2017 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.

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I have attended a four-year institution previously, am I eligible for this scholarship?

Not likely. Students who have enrolled in a four-year institution previously and did NOT complete a semester of full-time study may be eligible. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

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I am a community-college student with credit for several courses. I am not sure if I will have sophomore status by January 2017. What constitutes sophomore status?

Please check with your community college for its official policy. Typically, colleges require students to complete 30 credit hours to complete freshman year. To be eligible, therefore, typical applicants will have successfully completed at least 30 credit hours, or the equivalent.

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Must I be a U.S. citizen to be eligible?

U.S. citizenship is not required.  Candidates, however, must have attended an accredited two-year institution in the United States.

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Are there age restrictions for applicants?

No. This program has no age restrictions.

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If I transfer and begin studies at the four-year institution in spring 2017, am I still eligible?

No.  Students are only eligible if they will transfer and begin studies in fall 2017.

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If I am already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program, am I still eligible?

No.  Only transfer students who are not already enrolled in a four-year undergraduate institution are eligible.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Selection

Are there limits on the types of four-year colleges scholars may attend or the areas of study scholars may pursue?

The Cooke Foundation strongly encourages students to attend selective colleges and universities. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the U.S. to pursue a bachelor's degree in any area of study.

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Why does the Cooke Foundation want me to apply to a “selective” college or university?

There are a number of reasons why a high-achieving transfer student with financial need should apply to and attend a selective college or university.  Some include:

  • Financial benefits – Compared to many colleges and universities, selective institutions often spend more money per student and also lower the cost for students with financial need to attend;
  • Educational benefits – Selective institutions are designed to help you graduate on time; provide you with more choices, more opportunities, and more access; and give you the chance to be surrounded by other intellectually curious students which enriches your college experience.
  • Income and career benefits – For low-income, high-achieving transfer students, the rewards of attending a selective college or university can stretch well beyond graduation, affecting such things as exposure to greater postgraduate opportunities and overall future income.

You can read more about the benefit of attending a selective college or university here.

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Are scholars allowed to receive other grants or scholarships and still qualify for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship?

With few restrictions, the Cooke Foundation permits scholars to receive other awards. In fact, scholars must apply for financial aid from their four-year institutions each year and most receive other forms of aid in addition to the Cooke Foundation's award.

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Does the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship support study in non-degree programs?

No. Only students who will pursue baccalaureate degree programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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How much support does the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provide?

Each award will fund a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the period required to complete the undergraduate degree program, generally two or two-and-a-half years. The amount and duration of awards varies by student, based on the cost of attendance and length of the program as well as the amount of other scholarships or grants the scholar receives. The maximum amount of the Cooke Foundation’s scholarship is $40,000 per year.

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What are the chances of being awarded a scholarship?

The Cooke Foundation expects to receive approximately 3,500 applications and will award approximately 85 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships in 2016.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Application Deadlines and Key Dates

What is the application deadline?

The application, recommendations, and parent form(s) (if applicable) are all due on October 25, 2016 (12:00 p.m., noon, EST).

 

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What are the key dates in the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application and selection process?

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application will open August 25, 2016.  The application, recommendations, and parent form(s) (if applicable) are all due on October 25, 2016  (12:00 p.m., noon, Eastern Time).

November 2016 - March 2017
Applications reviewed by scholarship review panels.

Early April 2016
Notification of award status is emailed to all applicants. 

August 2017
Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend – attendance is mandatory for all selected recipients.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Getting Ready to Apply

When can I apply?

Applicants will be able to access the online application from the end of August to the end of October.

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What are the application requirements?

The application requirements include:

  • Online application including requested uploads
  • Two recommendations from professors or instructors at the applicant's community college
  • Student Financial Form, including a copies of your Federal Tax Returns from the past three years
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copies of their Federal Tax Return from the past three years (required for applicants under 30 years of age)

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Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the two-year and four-year colleges I attended, even if it was many years ago?

Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended since 2001 (the last 15 years). An application that does not include transcripts from all colleges will be considered incomplete.

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If I studied abroad and one of my transcripts is in a language other than English, does it need to be translated?

Yes, transcripts and all supporting documents must be in English or officially translated into English.

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Who do I contact with questions?

If after reviewing the FAQs you have additional questions, please contact us online or call 800-941-3300. Customer service staff are available Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, excluding weekends and holidays. Please allow 48 hours to receive a response.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Working Through The Application Process

Do I need to be nominated by my two-year institution?

No. Applicants for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship may apply directly to the Cooke Foundation and do not require nomination by their community college or two-year institution.

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What is the role of the faculty representative at my two-year institution?

Faculty representatives serve as an important resource to applicants and are encouraged to offer guidance during the application process. The Cooke Foundation invites each licensed and accredited two-year institution in the U.S. to name a faculty representative.

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How will I know if my community college or two-year institution is eligible?

All licensed and accredited community colleges and two-year institutions in the U.S. are listed in two locations:

  1. The Higher Education Directory, published by Higher Education Publications, Inc., and available at most libraries.
  2. The US Department of Education's Website.

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What happens if an application is incomplete or is submitted after the deadline?

Applications are completed online and must meet the deadlines established by the Cooke Foundation. Incomplete applications and those submitted to the Cooke Foundation after the deadline will not be considered.

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I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

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How do I calculate my unweighted GPA or convert it to a 4.0 scale?

To calculate your unweighted GPA, you may utilize a number of online resources/tools such as:

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How do I submit my supporting documents and when are they due?

All documents are required to be uploaded into your online application according to the directions in the application.  If you do not follow the instructions, your application may not be considered.  The online application, including all required supporting documents, must be submitted by the application deadline.

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How do I know if my application is complete?

The online application system will not allow you to submit an incomplete application. The documents you upload to the application will be verified by the Cooke Foundation before the application is considered complete. If an uploaded supplemental document is not approved, the Cooke Foundation will contact you in order to allow you to submit the correct document.

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Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

You will be able to work on your application until the December deadline. You will be able to return to the application to update and edit as frequently as desired until you submit your application or the application deadline has passed.

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Will incomplete applications be evaluated?

No.

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I forgot my User ID or password.

On the Log In/Register page, click the  “Forgot your password?" link. To reset your password, enter the email address associated with your account and click the “Submit” button.  You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.

If you need additional help, email us or call 800-941-3300.

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How do I change my password or Username?

If you would like to reset your Password, go to the Log In/Register page, click the “Log in/Password Help” link, and follow the online instructions.

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I am locked out of my account. What do I do now?

After five failed attempts to log in, you will receive an onscreen message that your account has been locked.  You will also receive an email with instructions on how to either unlock your account or change your password.

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How do I properly log out?

Always click the Save button, found at the bottom of every page of the application, before you log out. When you are ready to log out and exit your account, use the Sign Out link in the upper right corner. You will be able to return to the application to update and edit as frequently as desired until you submit your application or the application deadline has passed.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Recommendation and Related Issues

What are the recommendation requirements?

Two Recommendations are required for this application.  The first required online recommendation must be completed by an academic professional (an advisor, instructor, or professor) well acquainted with your work and character. This person must be an academic professional at your current or most recent institution.

The second required online recommendation may be completed by an instructor, professor, advisor, or other person well acquainted with your work and character. It is strongly suggested that the second recommendation is completed by an academic professional at your current or most recent two-year institution.

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When will the recommender know that it is time to submit the recommendation?

Recommenders will receive an email with instructions after you enter his/her email address into your application and save the page.

The email message will provide a link to the online form. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to follow up with your recommenders to be sure they have received the instructions and completed their online forms.

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How does the recommender submit a recommendation?

When your recommender has completed the form and is ready to submit, he or she will click the “Submit” button and a message will appear requesting confirmation that the form is ready to submit. When he or she clicks “Yes”, a confirmation screen will appear to verify the form has been submitted. The recommender will also receive an email confirmation.

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How long does the recommender have to submit their recommendation form?

The recommenders have until the October application deadline to submit the recommendation form.  We encourage applicants to monitor the status of their application and communicate with their recommenders to make sure they successfully submit the form on time.

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Can my recommender submit a letter of recommendation instead of or in addition to completing the online form?

No, the only acceptable recommendation for this application is the online form. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted in lieu of or in addition to the online form.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Financial Information Forms and Related

How does the Cooke Foundation determine unmet financial need?

The Cooke Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates. However, to be competitive, applicants must also show unmet financial need, which has two components:

  1. Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  2. Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

Factors relevant to this determination include: 

  • One indicator that candidates have financial need is that they were eligible for need-based aid while attending a two-year college.
  • Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for the Foundation’s scholarships if they demonstrate unmet financial need, regardless of their eligibility for other types of federal and institutional financial aid.

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What financial information is required on the application?

You must provide information on your income, benefits, and assets and submit a copies of your federal tax return from the past three years. If you are under 30 years old by the application deadline, your parents are also required to submit the same information on their finances.

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Why does the Cooke Foundation require financial information from my parents?

The Cooke Foundation requires parent financial information from students younger than 30 years of age (by the application deadline). One reason we require financial information from parents is that research shows that students from lower-income backgrounds are less likely to complete a college degree or assume educational debt, and therefore may need greater assistance than others.

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I am under 30 years of age but I am independent from my parents and do not receive financial support from them. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms?

Yes.  Even if you are financially independent, if you are under 30 years of age (by the application deadline), your parent(s) must complete the parent forms or your application will be incomplete. 

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Which financial forms must my parents complete?

If you are under the age of 30 (by the application deadline), your parents must complete the online Parent Forms. Both of your natural or adoptive parents must complete the proper forms.

It is your responsibility to confirm that all forms are completed by the deadline. Applications missing any of these forms will be disqualified.

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What documents can my parents submit if they are living abroad and do not file U.S. taxes?

Applicants and/or parents living abroad and not filing U.S. tax returns for the past three years must complete the online forms to the best of their ability and upload a statement (in English or a certified translation into English) from their employer(s) listing all income and benefits the past three years.

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Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?


A portion of each scholarship award may be considered taxable by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  Scholars are responsible for ascertaining tax liability for the scholarship, and for reporting the taxable portions of their scholarship as income.  See publications 520 and 970 on the IRS website for details.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship - Mr. Cooke

Who was Jack Kent Cooke?

Mr. Cooke was a philanthropist, businessman, and devotee of learning and the arts who left the bulk of his estate to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help students of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.  Learn more about Mr. Cooke.

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Graduate Arts Award

Am I eligible for a Graduate Arts Award?

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university with the past five years (since spring 2009).
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the fall 2014 semester. 
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.
  • Cannot have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.   

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

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Graduate Arts Award Eligibility

Am I eligible for a Graduate Arts Award?

 

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

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Are there age restrictions for applicants?

Are there age restrictions for applicants?

No. This program has no age restrictions.

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Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in graduate school?

Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in graduate school?

No. Only individuals who have not already enrolled in graduate school or earned a graduate degree are eligible.

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What fields of study are eligible for funding?

 

What fields of study are eligible for funding?

The Graduate Arts Award is for students who plan to pursue a career as a practicing artist in their field.  Eligible field of study include:

Fields that are NOT eligible include (but are not limited to):

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Graduate Art Award Application Deadlines and Key Dates

What is a two-phase application?

 

What is a two-phase application?

The Graduate Arts Award has a two-phase application process. 

Phase One application requirements include:

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on your Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. 

Phase Two application requirements include:

As you are preparing your Phase One application, we strongly encourage you to begin gathering the required materials for Phase Two so that you will be prepared to submit your Phase Two application quickly should you be invited to do so, but a Faculty Representative must be appointed no later than November 19, 2013, in order for applicants from that institution to be complete their Phase One application and be eligible for Phase Two.

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Do students apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One?

 

Do students apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One?

Yes, applications for Phase One will be submitted directly to the Foundation through our online application.  Faculty representatives are not required to review or nominate applications during Phase One of the application process.

 

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What is the Faculty Representative's role in Phase One?

 

What is the Faculty Representative's role in Phase One?

In Phase One, the Faculty Representative is primarily responsible for outreach to students who are eligibile to apply for the Graduate Arts Award. Faculty Representatives are encouraged to advise students who are applying on compiling their portfolio and effectively completing the Phase One application.  We recommend that students seek out their Faculty Representative during Phase One to (1) ensure that their campus has an appointed representative, and (2) to seek advice on completing their application and portfolio. 

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When will students and Faculty Representatives be notified regarding the Phase One results and who is eligible for Phase Two?

 

When will students and Faculty Representatives be notified regarding the Phase One results and who is eligible for Phase Two?

Phase One selection will be completed by the Foundation in early January.  Students will receive notification of the status of their applications in early January, and Faculty Representatives will receive notification regarding all the applicants on their campus at the same time. Applicants invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application process will receive further information about accessing the online application.

 

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What are the application deadlines?

 

What are the application deadlines?

Your institution may designate an internal deadline several weeks prior to the Foundation's deadline. Contact the designatedFaculty Representative at your school to inquire about the internal campus deadline for your school.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation deadline for the Phase One application, including portfolio, is November 26, 2013 (closes at 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

Should you be invited to continue on to Phase Two of the application, the deadline for the application, all required documentation, AND a second online recommendation is February 25, 2014 (closes 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time). Nomination from your Faculty Representative is due February 27, 2014 (closes at 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

 

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What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award application and selection process?

 

What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award application and selection process?

October 2013
Application materials are made available on the Foundation's website in early October.

November 19, 2013
Deadline for having a Faculty Representative appointed for your institution.

November 26, 2013
Phase One application deadline.  Includes portfolio, short application, and one online recommendation.

Campus Deadline
Many schools set internal deadlines that are several weeks earlier than the Foundation's Phase Two deadline.  Please check with your Faculty Representative for details.

February 25, 2014
Phase Two application deadline.  Includes continuation of student application, financial forms, and a second online recommendation.  The deadline for nomination from your Faculty Representative is February 27, 2014 (closes 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

April 2014
Nominees will receive an email with instructions regarding uploading copies of graduate school acceptance and award letters to the online application.

Mid-late May 2014
Notification of award status emailed to all applicants mid-month.

July 31 - August 3, 2014
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation annual Scholars Weekend.

August/September 2014
First scholarship checks mailed to institutions.

 

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Graduate Art Award Getting Ready to Apply

When can I apply?

When can I apply?

The application for this scholarship is a two-phase process. Applicants will be able to access the online application during Phase One of the application at www.jkcf.org from October 1, 2013, to November 26, 2013. Applicants selected to proceed to Phase Two of the application will be informed in early January when the Phase Two portion of the application opens.

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What can I do to get ready to apply?

 

What can I do to get ready to apply?

The following items are required for a complete application:

1.   The following items must be completed online

2.   The following items must be uploaded, according to the instructions in the online application.

Start collecting all the supporting documentation as soon as possible, to allow you enough time to meet your school’s internal deadline. If you are under 30 years old and your parents are living abroad they may need more time to collect the required financial information. Please refer to the 2014 Applicant Guidelines for further instructions.

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Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the colleges I attended, even if it was many years ago?

Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the colleges I attended, even if it was many years ago?

Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended.  An application that does not include transcripts from all colleges will be considered incomplete (the only exception is for transcripts from before 1998).

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If I studied abroad and one of my transcripts is in a language other than English, do I need to translate it?

If I studied abroad and one of my transcripts is in a language other than English, do I need to translate it?

Yes, transcripts and all supporting documents must be in English or officially translated into English.

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As part of my application, am I required to submit a portfolio, recording, or other demonstration of my abilities in the arts?

As part of my application, am I required to submit a portfolio, recording, or other demonstration of my abilities in the arts?

Yes, applicants are required to submit recordings, portfolios, or other demonstrations of their work.  Please see the 2014  Portfolio Guidelines for more instructions.

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If I am a practicing artist in more than one artistic field, can I submit an application or portfolio in multiple disciplines?

 

If I am a practicing artist in more than one artistic field, can I submit an application or portfolio in multiple disciplines?

No, applicants are only allowed to submit one application with one accompanying portfolio.  If the fields in which you work are connected (i.e. music composition and performance) your application and portfolio may demonstrate both.  

 

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Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?

Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?

Nominees will receive notification in mid-April via email with instructions for submitting their graduate school acceptance letters and financial award letters.  Please be sure to add scholarships@jkcf.org to your safe senders list to ensure you do not miss any important notifications.

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Who do I contact with questions?

 

Who do I contact with questions?

If after reviewing the FAQs and 2014 Application Guidelines – Graduate Arts Award you have additional questions, please email scholarships@jkcf.org. Please allow three days to receive a response.

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Graduate Art Award Online Application Access and Questions

I forgot my User ID or password.

 

I forgot my User ID or password.

On the login page, click the "Forgot User ID or Password?" link. To retrieve your password, enter your User ID where requested. If you selected a security question and provided an answer when you first created the account, you will be asked to provide the answer to that question again. If the answer you provide matches what is in your account, your password will be sent to the email address on file. If you did not select a security question when you created the account, you will need to contact the Customer Service Center at 855-509-5253 or Contact Us.

To retrieve your User ID, enter the email address you provided when you created the account. You should be sent an email containing your User ID to that email address. If you have forgotten both your User ID and password, contact the Customer Service Center.

 

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How do I change my password or User ID?

 

User ID: Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, go to the login page and click the "Forgot User ID" or "Password" button, then follow the online instructions.

To change your password, log in and click the "Change Password" tab on the left side of the screen. In the "Old Password" field, enter your current password. In the "New Password" and "Reenter New Password" fields, enter the new password you wish to use. Your User ID cannot be changed.

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I am locked out of my account. What do I do now?

 

I am locked out of my account. What do I do now?

After three failed attempts to log in, your account will be disabled automatically. Please return to the Contact Us form to request assistance.

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How do I know if my application is complete?

 

How do I know if my application is complete?

The online application system will not allow you to submit an incomplete application. When you click the review button the application will indicate if your application is missing any required information. Once you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation. The documents you upload to the application will be verified by the Foundation before the application is considered complete. If an uploaded supplemental document is not approved, the Foundation will contact you in order to submit the correct document.

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Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

 

Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

You will be able to work on your Phase One application from October 1, 2013, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on November 26, 2013. If you are selected to complete Phase Two of the application, you will be able to work on your application from January 7, 2014, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on February 25, 2014. You may complete each phase of the application in any order you prefer. To avoid losing data that you enter

You will be able to return to the application to update and edit as frequently as desired until you submit your application or the application deadline has passed.

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When can I complete my application?

 

When can I complete my application?

You may complete your Phase One application any time before the November 26, 2013, deadline. If you are selected to proceed to the Phase Two portion of the application you may complete your application any time before the February 25, 2014, deadline.

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While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?

 

While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?

During registration you must create a unique User ID—something that no one else in the system has used before. If you complete the registration and receive a message that the account cannot be created because it already exists, it is likely that you have tried to register with a User ID that is already in use. You will have to try something different for the User ID. Be sure to write down what you have tried, prior to clicking the "Submit" button. Keep track of the User ID that works successfully, and save it until after the scholarship deadline has passed. Once you have registered successfully, a confirmation email will be sent with your login information.

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How do I properly log out?

 

How do I properly log out?

When you are ready to log out, be sure you have saved any updates that you were working on. Log out using the "Logout" tab found in the left navigation menu.

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I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

 

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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Graduate Art Award Working Through the Nomination Process

How do I get nominated?

How do I get nominated?

If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please review the selection criteria in the 2014 Applicant Guidelines.  If you meet these criteria also, you should contact the designated Faculty Representative at your undergraduate college or university to inquire about the institution's internal nomination process and deadline.  Faculty Representatives verify the nominee's eligibility and academic status, and are responsible for the complete and timely submission of the online nomination by the deadline.

Applicants must submit an online application which includes uploaded supporting documents by February 25, 2014. The applicant and Faculty Representative should coordinate their efforts to ensure that the complete nomination is submitted no later than February 27, 2014.  Only the Foundation's Faculty Representative at your undergraduate institution may nominate students.

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How do I determine who my Faculty Representative is?

 

How do I determine who my Faculty Representative is?

 

Your Faculty Representative can be found in our Faculty Representative directory.  Using the dropdown box, please select your institution’s state and scroll through until you find your institution.  

 

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What should I do if my college or university has not yet appointed a Faculty Representative?

What should I do if my college or university has not yet appointed a Faculty Representative?

The Foundation invites accredited colleges and universities in the United States to name a Faculty Representative.  If your school has not yet appointed a representative, we recommend that you contact the president's office at your institution to urge the president to designate a representative so that you may be considered.  The president may call 1-855-509-5253 or Contact Us to appoint a representative.  You may also call 1-855-509-5253 to request assistance with the designation of a representative. A Faculty Representative must be appointed no later than November 19, 2013, in order for applicants from that institution to be complete their Phase One application and be eligible for Phase Two.

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How does the Faculty Representative verify my information and submit the nomination?

How does the Faculty Representative verify my information and submit the nomination?

The application process is conducted online. Faculty Representatives will login to review applications of students from their institution. The Faculty Representative will then be able to designate their institution’s nominees online.

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May I submit an application directly to the Foundation, without first being nominated by my school?

May I submit an application directly to the Foundation, without first being nominated by my school?

Students may apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One of the application process.  If a student is invited to continue in Phase Two, then he or she must be nominated by the Foundation's Faculty Representative at their institution. 

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What happens if an application is incomplete or is submitted after the deadline?

What happens if an application is incomplete or is submitted after the deadline?

Applications are completed online and must meet both the deadline set by your undergraduate institution and the deadline established by the Foundation. Incomplete applications and those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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What happens if an institution misses the nomination deadline?

 

What happens if an institution misses the nomination deadline?

Faculty Representatives must complete and submit nominations online no later than 12:00 p.m., noon, Central TimeFebruary 27, 2014. There is no grace period after the deadline has passed. Faculty representatives are responsible for submitting the online nomination(s) on or before the February 27 deadline.

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As part of my application, I see I am asked to upload documents. What does this involve?

 

As part of my application, I see I am asked to upload documents.  What does this involve?

In the online application, you must upload your transcripts, tax documents, portfolio, and parent tax documents (if required).  Simply scan documents and convert them to one of the listed file types.  Click on the "Browse" button in the online application and select the document you wish to upload.  All supporting documents must be uploaded by the stated deadlines.

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Graduate Art Award Recommendations and Related Issues

What are the recommendation requirements?

 

What are the recommendation requirements?

In Phase One, the required online recommendation form must be submitted by an arts/academic professional (an advisor, instructor, or professor) well acquainted with your work and character. This person must be an academic professional at your current or most recent institution.

If you are invited to continue on to Phase Two, a SECOND online recommendation is required. This recommendation may be completed by an instructor, professor, advisor, or other person well acquainted with your work and character. It is strongly suggested that the second recommendation is completed by an arts/academic professional at your current or most recent institution.

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How will the recommenders know that it is time to submit their recommendation?

 

How will the recommenders know that it is time to submit their recommendation?

Recommenders will receive an email with instructions within 24 hours after you enter the recommender’s email address in the “Recommender” section of your application.

During the Phase One application period, the email message will provide a link to the online form. In order for your Phase One recommender to receive an email notification in time to submit the recommendation form, you should complete that section of the application no later than November 24, 2013.

During Phase Two of the application period, the email message will provide a link to the online form. In order for your recommenders to receive an email notification in time to submit their recommendations, you should complete that section of the application by February 23, 2014.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to follow up with your recommenders to be sure they have received the instructions and completed their online forms.

 

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How does the recommender verify and submit a recommendation?

 

How does the recommender verify and submit a recommendation?

After the recommenders have completed their online form, they will be able to review the information prior to submission. When the recommender is ready to submit the information, he/she must click “Submit” in order to certify that the recommendation is complete. A confirmation screen will appear to verify the recommendation has been submitted.

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How long does the recommender have to submit their recommendation form?

 

How long does the recommender have to submit their recommendation form?

The first recommendation is due at the close of Phase One. The recommender has until November 26, 2013 (closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time) to submit their information. If the applicant is invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application, the second recommendation is due by February 25, 2014 (closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time). We encourage applicants to monitor the status of their application and communicate with their recommenders to make sure they successfully submit the form on time.

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Graduate Art Award Financial Information Forms and Related

How does the Foundation determine unmet financial need?

 

How does the Foundation determine unmet financial need?

The Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates. However, to be competitive, nominees must also show unmet financial need, which has two components:

Factors relevant to this determination include:

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Who is required to submit their parents' financial information?

 

Who is required to submit their parents' financial information?

Any applicant who will be under the age of 30 as of the February 25 deadline for the Graduate Arts Award.
 
 

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Why does the Foundation require financial information from my parents?

Why does the Foundation require financial information from my parents?

The Foundation requires both student and parent financial information from students who are under 30 years old.  We do so for many reasons.  One of the primary reasons is that students from low-income backgrounds are less likely to complete a graduate degree and therefore may need greater assistance than others.

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I am married but under 30 years old. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms regardless of whether I receive support from them? What if I have children of my own?

I am married but under 30 years old. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms regardless of whether I receive support from them? What if I have children of my own?

As long as you are under 30 years of age, your parents' financial information is required regardless of whether they actually provide support.

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What documents can I submit if my parents are living abroad and do not file US taxes?

What documents can I submit if my parents are living abroad and do not file US taxes?

Applicants and/or parents living abroad and not filing US tax returns for 2012 must complete the online forms to the best of their ability and upload a statement (in English or a certified translation into English) from their employer(s) listing all income and benefits for 2012.

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Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?

Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?

A portion of each scholarship award may be considered taxable by the US Internal Revenue Service.  Scholars are responsible for ascertaining tax liability for the scholarship and for reporting the taxable portions of their scholarship as income.  See publications 520 and 970 on the IRS Website for details.

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Graduate Art Award Selection

Are there limits on the types of graduate degrees or universities the Foundation will consider or the areas of study Scholars may pursue?

Are there limits on the types of graduate degrees or universities the Foundation will consider or the areas of study Scholars may pursue?

Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the fields of performing arts, fine arts, and creative writing.  Applicants must plan on pursuing a career as a practicing artist in their field.

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Does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award support study in non-degree programs?

 

Does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award support study in non-degree programs?

No.  Only students pursuing advanced degree programs at accredited universities are eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award.

 

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Are Scholars allowed to receive other grants or scholarships and still qualify for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award?

 

Are Scholars allowed to receive other grants or scholarships and still qualify for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award?

Scholars must apply for financial aid from their graduate school each year, and most receive other forms of aid in addition to the Foundation's award.  With few restrictions, the Foundation permits Scholars to receive other awards. 

 

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What are the chances of being awarded a scholarship?

 

 

What are the chances of being awarded a scholarship?

The Foundation expects to receive more than 200 applications and will award up to 20 Graduate Arts Awards in 2014.  Each accredited undergraduate college and university in the US may nominate up to two students each year.

 

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How much support does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award provide?

 

How much support does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award provide?

Each award will fund a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the normal period of time required to complete the graduate degree program, up to three years.  The amount and duration of awards vary by student, based on the cost of attendance and the length of the program, as well as other scholarships or grants received.  The maximum available per student is $50,000 per year.  Most awards are for less than $50,000 per year.

 
 

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Dissertation Fellowship Award

Where can I access the application?

You can access the online application here.

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How is my application evaluated?

A committee of professors and researchers in diverse fields of study (e.g., education, sociology, economics, policy studies) read and evaluate the applications based on a number of criteria. These include: superior academic achievement, significance of the contribution to understanding the educational pathways of high-achieving, low-income students, quality of the proposal, and feasibility of projected timeline. As such, the Foundation suggests that you ask not only your dissertation advisor, but also colleagues from a variety of fields to review your application for clarity and consistency. In addition, please avoid jargon in an effort to make your application accessible to larger audience. For further information, please read Reviewer Recommendations.

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How many fellowships will be awarded?

The Foundation will award six fellowships in 2014.

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Am I eligible if I am a doctoral candidate in a field other than education?

Yes. Applicants are not limited to a particular field. However, the applicant’s dissertation must address issues related to the Foundation’s mission: advancing the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need. Please see the 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Guidelines and the application introduction (online) for more information on the criteria used in determining eligibility.

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Is there information on past fellowship recipients’ dissertation proposals?

The 2011, 2012 and 2013 Fellowship recipients all have biographies posted on our website. They can be found here.

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What is the deadline?

The application deadline is February 4, 2014 (2 p.m. Eastern Time).

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What can be sent via mail and what can be emailed?

The application, cover letter, summary of the dissertation proposal, work plan, and curriculum vitae are included in the electronic application.  The letter of support from a dissertation chair or academic advisor must be completed and uploaded by the individual. Applicants “nominate” the author of the letter of support and he/she submits separately through the application platform.

 

Applicants can scan and upload their official graduate transcript or have it mailed. See below for these instructions.

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How would you like me to submit my official graduate transcript?

You may scan and upload a copy of your official transcript to the application site. Breaking the seal and scanning will not invalidate the transcript for the purposes of this process.

If you choose to have the official transcript mailed, use the address below:

Cooke Dissertation Fellowship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 44325 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176 Attn. Barbara Schmertz

Lastly, the transcript can be emailed from your school’s registrar: if so, please email to fellows@jkcf.org.

We will NOT accept unofficial transcripts.

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Do I need to submit my undergraduate transcript?

No.  We only require your official graduate transcript.

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May I submit additional documents, such as letters of recommendation or appendices?

Please limit your application to the documents that comprise the application. We will not be able to accept additional documents.

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When will the award decision be announced?

Award decisions will be announced in late May 2014.

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How will I be notified?

Recipients of the Fellowship will be notified by phone. Those who are not awarded Fellowships will receive a letter from the Foundation.

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I am not eligible this year due to the timing of my proposal defense. Could I apply next year?

The Foundation plans to offer dissertation fellowships in 2015 and beyond. We also plan to maintain our current annual calendar of announcing in the fall with applications due in February.

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Will the Foundation give feedback if my application is not chosen?

No. The Foundation will not comment on applications after making award decisions. All applications and supporting materials become the property of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and, as such, will not be returned.

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Must I be a US citizen to apply?

No. US citizens, US permanent residents, and non-citizens are invited to apply. However, applicants must be attending an accredited institution in the United States.

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Who was Jack Kent Cooke?

Mr. Cooke was a philanthropist, businessman, and devotee of learning and the arts who left the bulk of his estate to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help students of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.  Learn more about Mr. Cooke.

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What is the mission of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation?

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s mission is to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation provides challenging opportunities to high achievers from lower-income families through its Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that support high-achieving, lower-income students. More information about the Foundation’s mission can be found here.

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Am I eligible to apply if I am receiving funding from another source? Can I accept other awards?

Yes. You may receive other awards in addition to the Fellowship.

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Am I eligible to apply if I have received funding from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation?

No. Former and current Jack Kent Cooke Scholars are not eligible for the Cooke Dissertation Fellowship.

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How may I spend the award money?

The Cooke Dissertation Fellowship may only be used to cover costs associated with writing a dissertation.  How the funds are expended depends on each recipient’s individual need depending on the cost of attendance determined by the Fellow’s institution.  Expenses may include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and research travel.  Funds are disbursed to the recipient’s graduate institution. Once the fellowship money is applied to the institutional costs (tuition, fee, et cetera), remaining funds (stipend, travel) are disbursed to the student. See more details below. Fellowship funds may not be used for activities that will benefit, supplement, or aid academic institutions or departments with which the Fellow is affiliated. The fellowship does not cover overhead.

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For how long can the award be used?

The one-time award may be used for a period of no less than nine months and no longer than 18 months beginning in May 2014. See timeline for more information.

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How are the fellowship funds paid?

Depending on the recipient’s timeline, the Foundation will issue fellowship funds to the Fellow’s institution in one to three payments.   Payment of funds is contingent on timely receipt of all specified forms, including a fellowship agreement.

To pay funds, we rely on the use of a Cost of Attendance form, which we would provide all recipients. The COA allows your financial aid office to list all costs affiliated with attendance, including room, fees, tuition, and insurance. The financial aid office will provide the costs of attendance for the Fellow, sign the form, and transmit the form to the Foundation for processing.  All fellowship funds are issued in a check to the Fellow’s institution. The institution will use any and all funds needed to cover the Fellow’s bill for tuition or fees and will disburse the remaining stipend amounts, if any, to the student.

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Can I work while using the Cooke Dissertation Fellowship award?

The fellowship award is meant to help cover the educational costs a Fellow incurs while completing his or her dissertation. With this in mind, Fellows may hold limited outside employment as long as it does not hinder their progress in completing their dissertations.

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Will the Foundation provide 1099 forms?

No. Fellowship funds will be paid to the Fellow’s graduate institution and, therefore, 1099 forms are not needed. Ascertaining tax liability and reporting the applicable portion, if any, to the US Internal Revenue Service is the sole responsibility of the Fellow.

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What if I cannot attend Scholars Weekend?

We ask that Fellows attend Scholars Weekend as an opportunity for the entire Jack Kent Cooke community of Scholars to gather. This event also gives Fellows a forum in which they can share their research. If you know when you apply for the fellowship that you cannot attend Scholars Weekend, please indicate that in your application and explain why. We will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

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How will I know if the Foundation has received my application materials?

You can monitor the application via the Dashboard on the application site. When all requirements have been met (application completed, transcript received and confirmed, letter of support received), you must re-enter the site and hit the “submit” button.

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You can monitor the application via the Dashboard on the application site. When all requirements have been met (application completed, transcript received and confirmed, letter of support received), you must re-enter the site and hit the “submit” button.

Please feel free to send an email with links to the Foundation's Fellowship page. In addition, you can download the Fellowship flyer, fact sheet, or postcard as an additional means of advertising.

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If my dissertation research is focused on international populations or education systems, am I eligible to apply for the Fellowship?

No, you are not eligible to receive the Fellowship if your dissertation work is focused on international populations or education systems.

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How I can contact the Foundation if I still have questions?

Please call the Foundation at 703-723-8000 or use the Fellows email address at fellows@jkcf.org.

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Graduate Arts Award FAQs

Am I eligible for a Graduate Arts Award?

 

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university with the past five years (since spring 2009).
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the fall 2014 semester. 
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.
  • Cannot have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.   

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

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