Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Foundation Awards $203,600 to Nine DC-Area Nonprofits

April 2, 2013 11:28 PM

Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation congratulates its 2013 Good Neighbor Grants program recipients–-nine nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington, DC area focused on K-12 education, college access, and visual and performing arts education for students from low- to moderate-income families.

Established in 2012, the Good Neighbor Grants program seeks to identify and strengthen ties with local nonprofit organizations that provide educational and enrichment opportunities to students with financial need. This year’s grants range from $11,000 to $30,000, and will provide students with access to orchestral and jazz training and performance opportunities, advanced dance instruction, hands-on STEM education, and college admission and financial aid advising.

“Our mission is to advance the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need,” said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at the Foundation. “In partnership with our 2013 grantees, we are touching the lives of over 1600 low- to moderate-income students in our own backyard and helping them reach their full potential.”

The nine recipients are as follows:

American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (Annandale, VA) -- $16,000 to support full or partial tuition scholarships for 30 to 40 musically talented, economically disadvantaged young people accepted into one of AYPO's four youth orchestras.

College Access Fairfax (Fairfax County, VA) -- $11,600 to support a Mobile Financial Aid Champion who will serve five high-need high schools by providing one-on-one financial aid assistance to 350 12th-graders and their parents.

CollegeTracks, Inc (Montgomery County, MD) -- $30,000 to provide college access services to students in two Montgomery County high schools, significantly increasing the likelihood that they will enroll in college and obtain a degree.

George Mason University Foundation (Fairfax, VA) -- $20,000 to the GMU School of Dance to provide financial assistance for 90 percent of the program cost to ten high school dancers from low-income families.

Journey Through Hallowed Ground (Loudoun County, VA) -- $20,000 to enable JTHG to offer scholarships to Loudoun County low- to moderate-income middle school students to participate in Extreme Journey Summer Camp, an immersive historical investigation of American history. Additionally, the grant will enable JTHG to expand the program to offer two camp sessions in summer 2013.

Living Classrooms (Washington, DC) -- $26,000 will allow Living Classrooms-National Capital Region to provide 75 middle school students from low-income Washington, DC, communities with unique in-class, outdoor, and on-the-water educational field experiences through a curriculum focused on teaching environmental sciences and exposing students to careers in STEM.

National Building Museum (Washington, DC) -- $30,000 to support the Museum’s four-week summer enrichment program, Investigating Where We Live (IWWL), which engages 35 Washington, DC, students in grades 7-11 in the creation of an exhibit based on their observations of a District neighborhood. Participants use photography, research, interviews, original artwork, and creative writing to inform and create a professional quality exhibition at the museum, which more than 25,000 members of the general public will view.

ReSET (Washington, DC) -- $20,000 to expand ReSET's Scientist in the Classroom program to establish four new partnerships with professional scientific organizations, recruit 16 additional scientists and engineers, and deliver six sessions of hands-on science experiments and classroom activities to 300 new students in the 2013-14 school year.

Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (Washington, DC) -- $30,000 to support the Jazz in the Classroom program for Washington, DC, public schools. The program will offer professional instrument training and performance opportunities for 825 students in master classes and specialized lessons, customized consultation for band directors in three high schools, and professional development for teachers to deliver the National Jazz Curriculum to nearly 4,500 students ages 9-18.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Because we believe that high-potential, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $100 million in scholarships to more than 1,900 students, and $70 million in grants to organizations that support our






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