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Mar 15, 2016 03:00 PM

Illinois Chosen To Close Equity Gaps in Top Courses, Maryland Selected & Commits for 2017 Launch

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Superintendent of Education Tony Smith are erasing a dividing line over racial and income inequity in high school AP & IB courses. The State of Illinois will become the first state in the US to partner with the Lead Higher Initiative in a statewide challenge to close equity gaps for lower income students and students of color in its high schools' most rigorous courses.

Feb 25, 2016 01:54 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and CLASS Coalition Host Second “Closing the Excellence Gap” Summit

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the CLASS Coalition, an association of principals from top-performing STEM and magnet high schools, kicked off the second annual “Closing the Excellence Gap” summit in Washington, D.C. today.


Top 7th Grade Students with Financial Need Can Apply for Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Outstanding 7th grade students with financial need can apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program, which provides many benefits and can lead to the Cooke Foundation’s prestigious college scholarship.


Cooke Foundation Report : Top Colleges Should Create Admissions Preference to Help Low-Income Students Overcome Barriers

America's top colleges and universities should institute an admissions preference for low-income students because such students – even when they are high-achievers academically – now face unjustified barriers and make up a mere 3 percent of enrollment at the elite schools, according to a landmark report issued today by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


Qualified 7th Graders Can Earn Special Consideration for Cooke Scholarships by Completing An edX Online College Course

Outstanding 7th grade students from families with financial need can earn special consideration for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship if they complete a free college class offered by online course provider edX, the two nonprofit organizations announced today.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Applauds New K-12 Education Law

A statement from Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy following the announcement that President Obama has signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


Application Period Opens for Largest Scholarship for High-Achieving Community College Students

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the nation’s largest private scholarship for high-achieving community college students from low-income backgrounds who seek to transfer to a selective four-year institution. Cooke Scholars will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at any four-year accredited college or university.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Invites Proposals for its 2016 Good Neighbor Grants

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened its Good Neighbor Grant program and invites proposals from nonprofit organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area that help high-potential students with financial need make academic gains through enrichment, rigor, critical thinking, and creativity.​


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Highlights ESEA Proposals Critical to Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

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


Application Period Begins for Nation's Largest Undergraduate Scholarship for High-Achieving, Low-Income High School Students

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the country. Students selected as Cooke Scholars will be awarded as much as $40,000 each year for four years for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees. Cooke scholarships are available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

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