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Graduate Arts Award Nominator Questions

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Graduate Art Award Financial Information Forms and Related Questions

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How does the Foundation determine unmet financial need?

 

How does the Foundation determine unmet financial need?

The Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates. However, to be competitive, nominees must also show unmet financial need, which has two components:

Factors relevant to this determination include:

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Who is required to submit their parents' financial information?

 

Who is required to submit their parents' financial information?

Any applicant who will be under the age of 30 as of the February 25 deadline for the Graduate Arts Award.
 
 

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Why does the Foundation require financial information from my parents?

Why does the Foundation require financial information from my parents?

The Foundation requires both student and parent financial information from students who are under 30 years old.  We do so for many reasons.  One of the primary reasons is that students from low-income backgrounds are less likely to complete a graduate degree and therefore may need greater assistance than others.

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I am married but under 30 years old. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms regardless of whether I receive support from them? What if I have children of my own?

I am married but under 30 years old. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms regardless of whether I receive support from them? What if I have children of my own?

As long as you are under 30 years of age, your parents' financial information is required regardless of whether they actually provide support.

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What documents can I submit if my parents are living abroad and do not file US taxes?

What documents can I submit if my parents are living abroad and do not file US taxes?

Applicants and/or parents living abroad and not filing US tax returns for 2012 must complete the online forms to the best of their ability and upload a statement (in English or a certified translation into English) from their employer(s) listing all income and benefits for 2012.

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Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?

Will I be liable for taxes on the scholarship?

A portion of each scholarship award may be considered taxable by the US Internal Revenue Service.  Scholars are responsible for ascertaining tax liability for the scholarship and for reporting the taxable portions of their scholarship as income.  See publications 520 and 970 on the IRS Website for details.

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Graduate Art Award Working Through the Nomination Process Questions

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How do I get nominated?

How do I get nominated?

If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, please review the selection criteria in the 2014 Applicant Guidelines.  If you meet these criteria also, you should contact the designated Faculty Representative at your undergraduate college or university to inquire about the institution's internal nomination process and deadline.  Faculty Representatives verify the nominee's eligibility and academic status, and are responsible for the complete and timely submission of the online nomination by the deadline.

Applicants must submit an online application which includes uploaded supporting documents by February 25, 2014. The applicant and Faculty Representative should coordinate their efforts to ensure that the complete nomination is submitted no later than February 27, 2014.  Only the Foundation's Faculty Representative at your undergraduate institution may nominate students.

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How do I determine who my Faculty Representative is?

 

How do I determine who my Faculty Representative is?

 

Your Faculty Representative can be found in our Faculty Representative directory.  Using the dropdown box, please select your institution’s state and scroll through until you find your institution.  

 

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What should I do if my college or university has not yet appointed a Faculty Representative?

What should I do if my college or university has not yet appointed a Faculty Representative?

The Foundation invites accredited colleges and universities in the United States to name a Faculty Representative.  If your school has not yet appointed a representative, we recommend that you contact the president's office at your institution to urge the president to designate a representative so that you may be considered.  The president may call 1-855-509-5253 or Contact Us to appoint a representative.  You may also call 1-855-509-5253 to request assistance with the designation of a representative. A Faculty Representative must be appointed no later than November 19, 2013, in order for applicants from that institution to be complete their Phase One application and be eligible for Phase Two.

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How does the Faculty Representative verify my information and submit the nomination?

How does the Faculty Representative verify my information and submit the nomination?

The application process is conducted online. Faculty Representatives will login to review applications of students from their institution. The Faculty Representative will then be able to designate their institution’s nominees online.

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May I submit an application directly to the Foundation, without first being nominated by my school?

May I submit an application directly to the Foundation, without first being nominated by my school?

Students may apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One of the application process.  If a student is invited to continue in Phase Two, then he or she must be nominated by the Foundation's Faculty Representative at their institution. 

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What happens if an application is incomplete or is submitted after the deadline?

What happens if an application is incomplete or is submitted after the deadline?

Applications are completed online and must meet both the deadline set by your undergraduate institution and the deadline established by the Foundation. Incomplete applications and those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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What happens if an institution misses the nomination deadline?

 

What happens if an institution misses the nomination deadline?

Faculty Representatives must complete and submit nominations online no later than 12:00 p.m., noon, Central TimeFebruary 27, 2014. There is no grace period after the deadline has passed. Faculty representatives are responsible for submitting the online nomination(s) on or before the February 27 deadline.

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As part of my application, I see I am asked to upload documents. What does this involve?

 

As part of my application, I see I am asked to upload documents.  What does this involve?

In the online application, you must upload your transcripts, tax documents, portfolio, and parent tax documents (if required).  Simply scan documents and convert them to one of the listed file types.  Click on the "Browse" button in the online application and select the document you wish to upload.  All supporting documents must be uploaded by the stated deadlines.

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Graduate Art Award Online Application Access and Questions Questions

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I forgot my User ID or password.

 

I forgot my User ID or password.

On the login page, click the "Forgot User ID or Password?" link. To retrieve your password, enter your User ID where requested. If you selected a security question and provided an answer when you first created the account, you will be asked to provide the answer to that question again. If the answer you provide matches what is in your account, your password will be sent to the email address on file. If you did not select a security question when you created the account, you will need to contact the Customer Service Center at 855-509-5253 or Contact Us.

To retrieve your User ID, enter the email address you provided when you created the account. You should be sent an email containing your User ID to that email address. If you have forgotten both your User ID and password, contact the Customer Service Center.

 

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How do I change my password or User ID?

 

User ID: Your User ID cannot be changed. If you forget your User ID, go to the login page and click the "Forgot User ID" or "Password" button, then follow the online instructions.

To change your password, log in and click the "Change Password" tab on the left side of the screen. In the "Old Password" field, enter your current password. In the "New Password" and "Reenter New Password" fields, enter the new password you wish to use. Your User ID cannot be changed.

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I am locked out of my account. What do I do now?

 

I am locked out of my account. What do I do now?

After three failed attempts to log in, your account will be disabled automatically. Please return to the Contact Us form to request assistance.

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How do I know if my application is complete?

 

How do I know if my application is complete?

The online application system will not allow you to submit an incomplete application. When you click the review button the application will indicate if your application is missing any required information. Once you submit your application you will receive an email confirmation. The documents you upload to the application will be verified by the Foundation before the application is considered complete. If an uploaded supplemental document is not approved, the Foundation will contact you in order to submit the correct document.

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Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

 

Do I have to finish my application all at once, or can I save it and come back later?

You will be able to work on your Phase One application from October 1, 2013, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on November 26, 2013. If you are selected to complete Phase Two of the application, you will be able to work on your application from January 7, 2014, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on February 25, 2014. You may complete each phase of the application in any order you prefer. To avoid losing data that you enter

You will be able to return to the application to update and edit as frequently as desired until you submit your application or the application deadline has passed.

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When can I complete my application?

 

When can I complete my application?

You may complete your Phase One application any time before the November 26, 2013, deadline. If you are selected to proceed to the Phase Two portion of the application you may complete your application any time before the February 25, 2014, deadline.

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While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?

 

While creating my registration account, I was told that the account already exists. I have never tried to log in before; how can that be?

During registration you must create a unique User ID—something that no one else in the system has used before. If you complete the registration and receive a message that the account cannot be created because it already exists, it is likely that you have tried to register with a User ID that is already in use. You will have to try something different for the User ID. Be sure to write down what you have tried, prior to clicking the "Submit" button. Keep track of the User ID that works successfully, and save it until after the scholarship deadline has passed. Once you have registered successfully, a confirmation email will be sent with your login information.

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How do I properly log out?

 

How do I properly log out?

When you are ready to log out, be sure you have saved any updates that you were working on. Log out using the "Logout" tab found in the left navigation menu.

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I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

 

I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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Graduate Art Award Getting Ready to Apply Questions

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When can I apply?

When can I apply?

The application for this scholarship is a two-phase process. Applicants will be able to access the online application during Phase One of the application at www.jkcf.org from October 1, 2013, to November 26, 2013. Applicants selected to proceed to Phase Two of the application will be informed in early January when the Phase Two portion of the application opens.

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What can I do to get ready to apply?

 

What can I do to get ready to apply?

The following items are required for a complete application:

1.   The following items must be completed online

2.   The following items must be uploaded, according to the instructions in the online application.

Start collecting all the supporting documentation as soon as possible, to allow you enough time to meet your school’s internal deadline. If you are under 30 years old and your parents are living abroad they may need more time to collect the required financial information. Please refer to the 2014 Applicant Guidelines for further instructions.

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Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the colleges I attended, even if it was many years ago?

Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the colleges I attended, even if it was many years ago?

Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges attended.  An application that does not include transcripts from all colleges will be considered incomplete (the only exception is for transcripts from before 1998).

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If I studied abroad and one of my transcripts is in a language other than English, do I need to translate it?

If I studied abroad and one of my transcripts is in a language other than English, do I need to translate it?

Yes, transcripts and all supporting documents must be in English or officially translated into English.

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As part of my application, am I required to submit a portfolio, recording, or other demonstration of my abilities in the arts?

As part of my application, am I required to submit a portfolio, recording, or other demonstration of my abilities in the arts?

Yes, applicants are required to submit recordings, portfolios, or other demonstrations of their work.  Please see the 2014  Portfolio Guidelines for more instructions.

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If I am a practicing artist in more than one artistic field, can I submit an application or portfolio in multiple disciplines?

 

If I am a practicing artist in more than one artistic field, can I submit an application or portfolio in multiple disciplines?

No, applicants are only allowed to submit one application with one accompanying portfolio.  If the fields in which you work are connected (i.e. music composition and performance) your application and portfolio may demonstrate both.  

 

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Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?

Will I need to submit my graduate school acceptance and financial aid award letters to the Foundation?

Nominees will receive notification in mid-April via email with instructions for submitting their graduate school acceptance letters and financial award letters.  Please be sure to add scholarships@jkcf.org to your safe senders list to ensure you do not miss any important notifications.

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Who do I contact with questions?

 

Who do I contact with questions?

If after reviewing the FAQs and 2014 Application Guidelines – Graduate Arts Award you have additional questions, please email scholarships@jkcf.org. Please allow three days to receive a response.

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Graduate Art Award Application Deadlines and Key Dates Questions

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What is a two-phase application?

 

What is a two-phase application?

The Graduate Arts Award has a two-phase application process. 

Phase One application requirements include:

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on your Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. 

Phase Two application requirements include:

As you are preparing your Phase One application, we strongly encourage you to begin gathering the required materials for Phase Two so that you will be prepared to submit your Phase Two application quickly should you be invited to do so, but a Faculty Representative must be appointed no later than November 19, 2013, in order for applicants from that institution to be complete their Phase One application and be eligible for Phase Two.

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Do students apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One?

 

Do students apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One?

Yes, applications for Phase One will be submitted directly to the Foundation through our online application.  Faculty representatives are not required to review or nominate applications during Phase One of the application process.

 

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What is the Faculty Representative's role in Phase One?

 

What is the Faculty Representative's role in Phase One?

In Phase One, the Faculty Representative is primarily responsible for outreach to students who are eligibile to apply for the Graduate Arts Award. Faculty Representatives are encouraged to advise students who are applying on compiling their portfolio and effectively completing the Phase One application.  We recommend that students seek out their Faculty Representative during Phase One to (1) ensure that their campus has an appointed representative, and (2) to seek advice on completing their application and portfolio. 

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When will students and Faculty Representatives be notified regarding the Phase One results and who is eligible for Phase Two?

 

When will students and Faculty Representatives be notified regarding the Phase One results and who is eligible for Phase Two?

Phase One selection will be completed by the Foundation in early January.  Students will receive notification of the status of their applications in early January, and Faculty Representatives will receive notification regarding all the applicants on their campus at the same time. Applicants invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application process will receive further information about accessing the online application.

 

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What are the application deadlines?

 

What are the application deadlines?

Your institution may designate an internal deadline several weeks prior to the Foundation's deadline. Contact the designatedFaculty Representative at your school to inquire about the internal campus deadline for your school.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation deadline for the Phase One application, including portfolio, is November 26, 2013 (closes at 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

Should you be invited to continue on to Phase Two of the application, the deadline for the application, all required documentation, AND a second online recommendation is February 25, 2014 (closes 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time). Nomination from your Faculty Representative is due February 27, 2014 (closes at 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

 

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What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award application and selection process?

 

What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award application and selection process?

October 2013
Application materials are made available on the Foundation's website in early October.

November 19, 2013
Deadline for having a Faculty Representative appointed for your institution.

November 26, 2013
Phase One application deadline.  Includes portfolio, short application, and one online recommendation.

Campus Deadline
Many schools set internal deadlines that are several weeks earlier than the Foundation's Phase Two deadline.  Please check with your Faculty Representative for details.

February 25, 2014
Phase Two application deadline.  Includes continuation of student application, financial forms, and a second online recommendation.  The deadline for nomination from your Faculty Representative is February 27, 2014 (closes 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

April 2014
Nominees will receive an email with instructions regarding uploading copies of graduate school acceptance and award letters to the online application.

Mid-late May 2014
Notification of award status emailed to all applicants mid-month.

July 31 - August 3, 2014
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation annual Scholars Weekend.

August/September 2014
First scholarship checks mailed to institutions.

 

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Graduate Arts Award Eligibility Questions

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Am I eligible for a Graduate Arts Award?

 

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

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Are there age restrictions for applicants?

Are there age restrictions for applicants?

No. This program has no age restrictions.

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Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in graduate school?

Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in graduate school?

No. Only individuals who have not already enrolled in graduate school or earned a graduate degree are eligible.

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What fields of study are eligible for funding?

 

What fields of study are eligible for funding?

The Graduate Arts Award is for students who plan to pursue a career as a practicing artist in their field.  Eligible field of study include:

Fields that are NOT eligible include (but are not limited to):

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Graduate Arts Award Questions

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Am I eligible for a Graduate Arts Award?

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university with the past five years (since spring 2009).
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the fall 2014 semester. 
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.
  • Cannot have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.   

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the United States.

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