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The Quinn Prize & Quinn Youth Leadership Award

Matthew-J-QuinnIn honor of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s founding executive director, Matthew J. Quinn, the Cooke Foundation has two monetary awards that may be given annually to Jack Kent Cooke Scholars or alumni recognizing outstanding achievement during the prior two years. Dr. Quinn served as founding executive director of the Cooke Foundation from 2000 to 2010, leading the creation of the Foundation’s scholarship programs, and currently serves as the acting executive director while the Cooke Foundation conducts its search for its next executive director. This position was and is an ideal intersection of his many interests and talents: his knowledge of higher education, his curiosity about many academic disciplines, his management and leadership skills, and his commitment to helping people grow and develop to their fullest potential. The foundation has benefited significantly from his creativity, open-mindedness, wisdom, congeniality, strong ethical compass, and commitment to serving others.  

The two awards are: the Matthew J. Quinn Prize and the Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award. Both are described below and separate guidelines are provided, as nomination and selection differ for the two awards.

The Matthew J. Quinn Prize is a $10,000 award that may be given annually to one or more current Cooke Scholars or alumni in the Cooke Foundation's higher education programs recognizing outstanding achievement during the prior two years.  Such achievements might include the publication of an important work, development of an innovative solution to a significant societal problem, or creation of a useful community program. The award is known as the Matthew J. Quinn Prize and is awarded by the Board of Directors of the Cooke Foundation to the individual(s) selected. The Cooke Foundation may award prizes of less than $10,000 or divide the award among multiple recipients.

The Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award is a $5,000 prize that may be given annually to one or more current Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars recognizing outstanding achievement during the prior two years. Such achievements might include the creation of a significant community program, the establishment of a student organization, or the development of an artistic or research project that supports a social cause. In all cases, it is important that the outstanding achievement touches the lives of others in meaningful ways and demonstrates impact. The Cooke Foundation may award prizes of less than $5,000 or divide the award among multiple recipients.

The nomination period for the 2015 Matthew J. Quinn Prize and Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award is open through January 29, 2016.