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January 25, 2013
Media Contact: Heather Reams
Director of Communications
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176
703.723.8000 ext. 252
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program Application Now Open
for Exceptionally Promising Seventh Graders with Financial Need
Lansdowne, VA – One of the most competitive, generous, and personalized scholarship and educational support programs in the nation aimed at exceptionally promising students from low-income families across the country is now accepting applications. The Young Scholars Program at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks applications from eligible 7th graders who stand out in their schools for their high academic ability and achievement, persistence, and desire to help others.
Selected applicants enter the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program in the 8th grade and continue through high school while receiving individualized advising and educational opportunities that develop their interests and abilities as well as prepare them for success at competitive colleges and universities.
“The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is much more than a scholarship. It’s a comprehensive program that gives students an educational support network to help them excel,” said Rebecca Cullen, senior program manager of the Young Scholars Program at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Young Scholars come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as from rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout the United States. They are typically in the top one percent of their class academically, with family incomes averaging $25,000 per year. Equally important, Young Scholars have a resilient attitude, a commitment to serve others, and a thirst for knowledge.
“Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars show the potential for greatness in the arts, the sciences, public service, and a wide range of other fields,” said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at the Foundation. “We encourage talented 7th graders who want opportunities to discover and reach their full potential to apply.”
Young Scholars and their families work with on-staff Foundation educational advisers to select a high school, and, if appropriate, apply to a private or magnet school; plan a suitably challenging, academic course load; identify resources to support intellectual and career development; and prepare for college admission. They receive funding for educational opportunities not covered by other sources of financial aid such as summer and out-of-school academic and enrichment programs; computers, software, or other learning technology; lessons to develop music, art, or other talents; and leadership programs.
This year the Foundation will select up to 60 students. The deadline for the first phase of the application process is March 21, 2013. To learn more about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program and to complete an application, visit the Foundation’s website: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/young-scholars-program/.
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 mission. www.jkcf.org