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Why is the Foundation eliminating the Graduate Arts Award? 
As part of the Foundation’s strategic planning process, the Board of Directors determined that the Foundation’s primary objective is college access and success for exceptional students with financial need. Concurrently, it was determined that greater progress could be made toward this objective with more concentrated focus of resources. As a result, the Board of Directors decided to reduce the number of scholarships the Foundation offers by ending two graduate scholarship programs – the Graduate Arts Award and the Dissertation Fellowship. The last cohort for each program was selected in the spring 2014.

Does this decision affect current Graduate Art Award recipients? 
The Foundation’s decision will not affect any current Scholars or Fellows who have already received a graduate scholarship from us.

Will the Foundation continue to support the arts? 
The Foundation will continue to support the arts through ongoing grantmaking and by providing scholarships to Scholars wishing to study the arts through our three core scholarships.

Does the Foundation support other graduate programs? 
The Foundation will continue to provide scholarships for existing Scholars through the Continuing Graduate Scholarship Program. There is no external application process for this program.

When does the change take effect? 
The last cohort of Graduate Art Awards Scholars was selected in the spring 2014.

If I am a Graduate Arts Award Scholar, am I still considered a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar? 
Yes, if you were selected as a Scholar in any Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship program, you are considered a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar.

If I am a Graduate Arts Award Scholar, do I need to let my faculty representative know about the elimination of the program? 
The Foundation has sent out notices to faculty representatives and others who have helped and supported the Graduate Arts Award; however, you are welcome to pass along this information.