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2018 Cooke Scholar and Alumni Awards

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is offering three monetary awards in 2018 for Cooke Scholars and Alumni. New this year is the Dennis I. Belcher Award for Cooke Undergraduate Scholars, in addition to the Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership award for Young Scholars and the Matthew J. Quinn Prize for Cooke Graduate Scholars and Alumni. The awards are described below and seperate guidelines are provided, as nomination and selection differ for the awards. 

The Dennis I. Belcher Award is a $5,000 award that may be given annual to one or more current  Cooke Undergraduate Scholars demonstrating outstanding achievement during the prior two years (January 2016 through December 2017). Such achievements might include the development of an innovative solution to a societal problem, creation of a significant community program, or publication of an important work. In all cases, it is important that the outstanding achievement touches the lives of others in meaningful ways and demonstrates impact. The Dennis I. Belcher Award will be presented by the foundation’s Board of Directors to the individual(s) selected. Winners will receive a cash prize of up to $5,000 and the recipient(s) will be honored at Scholars Weekend.

The Matthew J. Quinn Prize is a $10,000 award that may be given annually to one or more current Cooke Graduate Scholars or Alumni 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 Quinn Prize 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 2018 Dennis I. Belcher Award, Matthew J. Quinn Prize, and Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award is open through February 2, 2018.