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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. 

 

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.


Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

Selection Process and Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of hundreds of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • Achievement and academic ability
  • Financial need
  • Persistence
  • Leadership
  • Desire to help others

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2014, or a recent graduate (since spring 2010).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2015.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • 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.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
  • Have not previously attended a four-year institution.

Please Note: Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.) Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2015 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.

While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

For more information, please contact the designated Faculty Representative at your school.

Financial Need Estimator

This online worksheet will provide an estimate of your financial need. This is a tool for your convenience only and is not a required document to be completed for consideration.

WE’RE LOOKING EVERYWHERE FOR THE FINEST STUDENTS IN AMERICA

Through our annual Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, we provide scholarships worth up to $40,000 per year to community college students and recent alumni to help them earn a four-year degree.

Download Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Fact Sheet.

Download Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Flyer.

Download 2013 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Profile.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Webinar

When: October 9, 2014
Time: 4:00 pm (ET)

Sign up for the webinar.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Twitter Chats

When: October 29, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (ET)
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When: November 12, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm (ET)

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Questions?

Many of your questions will be answered in the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship FAQs. Read FAQs.

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Want to Learn More about the Transfer Process?

Check out our resources on transferring to a four-year institution. Read more.