College Scholarship Program
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.
Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.
This highly competitive scholarship includes:
Up to $30,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
Ability to pursue any area of study
Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience
Phase One applications are no longer being accepted. All applicants were notified regarding moving on to Phase Two. Scholarship recipients will be notified in mid-March 2014.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, a desire to help others, and leadership.
A rigorous application review includes analysis of grades, standardized test scores, participation in available advanced courses, student essays, letters of recommendation, and family finances. Each year 30-40 students will be selected into the program.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
At a minimum, applicants must:
Plan to graduate from a US high school in spring 2014
Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2014
Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above (must have tested by October 5, 2013) and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above (must have tested by September 21, 2013)
Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant
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