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2017 Cooke Graduate Scholarship

The Cooke Graduate Scholarship is a prestigious honor awarded to outstanding Cooke Scholars and recent alumni to support them to complete graduate degrees at top institutions. The deadline for the 2017 competition is October 31, 2016. Scholars interested in studying at Oxford University and Cambridge University are invited to also apply for the Cooke International Awards at Oxford and Cambridge. Further information about those awards can be found below.

Selected Graduate Scholars could be eligible for up to $200,000. We expect that competitive scholars will have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above. Beyond course grades, we will look for distinguished academic achievement, engagement, and leadership, unmet financial need, and involvement with the Cooke Foundation.

Scholars must apply for the Graduate Scholarship before beginning graduate school and must not have already enrolled in a graduate degree program. Scholars have up to three years to apply for this award after graduating from their Cooke Foundation-funded undergraduate degree program.

Selected recipients must agree to comply with Cooke Foundation requirements and requests for the duration of the scholarship. If you are selected we will provide you with a complete list; some key requirements and terms are:

  1. Scholars must pursue a course of study in a graduate degree program at an approved accredited institution, beginning with the fall 2017 term.
  2. Scholars must apply for federal and institutional financial assistance each year of study. The Cooke Foundation determines individual scholarship awards after reviewing each recipient’s other financial award offers. 

Cooke International Awards at Oxford and Cambridge Universities

Scholars applying for graduate programs at Oxford University and Cambridge University should apply for the graduate scholarship and are invited to submit supplemental materials to be considered for the Cooke Oxford Awards and Cooke Cambridge Award. Two scholars or recent alumni will be selected to pursue graduate studies at Lincoln College, Oxford and Brasenose College, Oxford as the Cooke Oxford Scholars and one scholar or recent alumnus will be selected to pursue graduate studies at Clare College, Cambridge as the Cooke Cambridge Scholar. These scholars will receive benefits beyond the graduate scholarship including individual guidance from college advisors at Oxford and Cambridge, guaranteed living arrangements on campus, and additional financial support above the $50,000 per year currently available to Cooke Graduate Scholars. Applicants for these named awards have additional requirements that must be met in order to apply for these awards. Further information about the Cooke International Awards at Oxford and Cambridge can be found in the FAQs.

If you have further questions after viewing the graduate scholarship materials, please do not hesitate to email us at or call 1-800-846-9025.

We hope that you take advantage of this opportunity if graduate studies are in your future.  

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