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Undergraduate Transfer Program Application Deadlines and Key Dates Questions

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What are the application deadlines?

What are the application deadlines?

The Phase One application is due on November 7, 2013 (12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).  Applicants invited to continue on to Phase Two of the application will be informed in late November when the application opens.  The Phase Two deadline is January 16, 2014 (12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time).

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What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program application and selection process?

What are the key dates in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program application and selection process?


September 12, 2013
Phase One of the online application is open on the Foundation's website and program materials are also posted online.

November 7, 2013 (closes 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time)
Phase One deadline for applicants to submit the online application and supplemental documentation.

November 12, 2013 (closes 12 p.m., noon, Central Time)
Online Recommendation form deadline.

November 26, 2013
Phase Two of the online application opens.  All applicants will be contacted regarding the Phase One decision and selected applicants will be invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application.

January 16, 2014
Phase Two deadline for applicants to submit the online application and supplemental documents.

January 21, 2014 (12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time)

  • Parent financial forms for applicants under the age of 30 are due for all Phase Two applicants.
  • Second recommendation.

February 2014
Applications reviewed by scholarship review panels.

Early April 2014
Scholarship recipients notified.

April 2014
Notification of award status is emailed to all applicants.

July 31 - August 3, 2014 
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend - attendance is mandatory for all selected recipients.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program Eligibility Questions

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Do I meet the minimum eligibility requirements for an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship?

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship must:

  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009)
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
  • Not have previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need

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I am a community-college student with credit for several courses. I am not sure if I will have sophomore status by January 2014. What constitutes sophomore status?

Please check with your community college for its official policy.  Typically, colleges require students to complete 30 credit hours to complete freshman year.  To be eligible, therefore, typical applicants will have successfully completed at least 30 credit hours, or the equivalent.

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Must I be a US citizen to be eligible?

US citizenship is not required.  Candidates, however, must have attended an accredited two-year institution in the United States.

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Are there age restrictions for applicants?

No. This program has no age restrictions.

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What if I transfer and begin studies at the four-year institution in spring 2014? Am I still eligible?

No.  Students are only eligible if they will transfer and begin studies in fall 2014.

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Am I eligible if I am already enrolled in a bachelor's degree program?

No.  Only transfer students who are not already enrolled in a four-year undergraduate institution are eligible.

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I have attended a four-year institution previously, am I eligible for this scholarship?

Not likely. Students who have enrolled in a four-year institution previously and did NOT complete a semester of full-time study may be eligible. Please contact us to discuss your situation.
 

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program Getting Ready to Apply Questions

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When can I apply?

The application is now a two-phase process.  Applicants will be able to access the online application during Phase One of the application at www.jkcf.org from September 12, 2013, to November 7, 2013.  Applicants selected to proceed to Phase Two of the application will be informed in late November when the Phase Two portion of the application opens.

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What is a two-phase application?

For the first time, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship will have a two-phase application process. 

Phase One application requirements include:

  • Online application including requested uploads
  • One recommendation from a professor or instructor at the applicant's community college

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:

  • Continuation of online application, including uploaded transcripts
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Second recommendation

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.

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Do I need to submit transcripts from all of the two-year and four-year 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 1998 or before).

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

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

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Who do I contact with questions?

If after reviewing the FAQs and 2014 Application Guidelines - Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program you have additional questions, please email scholarships@jkcf.org. Please allow 48 hours to receive a response.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program Working Through The Application Process Questions

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Do I need to be nominated by my two-year institution?

New! - Applicants for the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship may apply directly to the Foundation and do not require nomination by their community college or two-year institution.  If you meet the minimum eligibility requirements, review the selection criteria in the 2014 Application Guidelines - Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program.

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What is the role of the faculty representative at my two-year institution?

Faculty representatives serve as an important resource to applicants and are encouraged to offer guidance during the application process. Students are no longer required to be nominated by the faculty representative in order to compete for this scholarship.  The Foundation invites each licensed and accredited two-year institution in the US to name a faculty representative.

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How will I know if my community college or two-year institution is eligible?

Licensed and accredited community colleges and two-year institutions in the US are listed in two locations:

  1. The Higher Education Directory, published by Higher Education Publications, Inc., and available at most libraries.
  2. The US Department of Education's Website.

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How do I calculate my unweighted GPA and put it in a 4.0 scale?

To calculate your unweighted GPA, you can utilize a number of online resources/tools such as:

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When will applicants be notified regarding the Phase One results?

Phase One selection will be completed by the Foundation in late November.  Students will receive notification of the status of their applications at that time.  Applicants invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application will receive further information about accessing the online application.

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


Applications are completed online and must meet the deadlines established by the Foundation.  Incomplete applications and those submitted to the Foundation after the deadline will not be considered.

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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?

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 submit my supporting documents and when are they due?

All documents are required to be uploaded into your online application according to the directions in the application.  If you do not follow the instructions, your application may not be considered.  The online application, including all required supporting documents, must be submitted by January 16, 2014, 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time.

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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?

 

You will be able to work on your Phase One application from September 12, 2013, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on November 7, 2013. If you are selected to complete Phase Two of the application, you will be able to work on your application from November 26, 2013, until 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time on January 16, 2014. You may complete each phase of the application in any order you prefer.  To avoid losing data that you enter:

  • Do not use your browser’s "Forward" or "Back" button
  • Frequently click the "Save" button
  • Always use the "Logout" link on the navigation bar that is on the left side to exit

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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Will incomplete applications be evaluated?

No.

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I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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When can I complete my application?

You may complete your Phase One application any time before the November 7, 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 January 16, 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?

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?

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 in the left navigation menu.

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Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program Recommendation and Related Issues Questions

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What are the recommendation requirements?

In Phase One, the required online recommendation form must be submitted by an academic professional (an advisor, instructor, or professor) well acquainted with your work and character. This person must be an academic professional at your current or most recent institution.

If you are invited to continue on to Phase Two, a SECOND online recommendation is required. This recommendation may be completed by an instructor, professor, advisor, or other person well acquainted with your work and character. It is strongly suggested that the second recommendation is completed by an academic professional at your current or most recent two-year institution.

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When will the recommender know that it is time to submit the recommendation?

Recommenders will receive an email with instructions within 24 hours after you enter their email addresses in the “Recommender” section of your application.

During the Phase One application period, the email message will provide a link to the online form. In order for your Phase One recommender to receive an email notification in time to submit the recommendation form, you should complete that section of the application no later than November 5, 2013.

During Phase Two of the application period, the email message will provide a link to the online form. In order for your recommenders to receive an email notification in time to submit their recommendations, you should complete that section of the application by January 14, 2014.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application and to follow up with your recommenders to be sure they have received the instructions and completed their online forms.

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How does the recommender verify and submit a recommendation?

After the recommenders have completed the online form, they will be able to review the information prior to submission.  When the recommender is ready to submit the form, he/she must click “Submit” in order to certify that the recommendation is complete.  A confirmation screen will appear to verify the recommendation has been submitted.

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How long does the recommender have to submit their recommendation form?

The first recommendation is due at the close of Phase One.  The recommender has until November 12, 2013, by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time to submit their information.  If the applicant is invited to proceed to Phase Two of the application, the second recommendation is due by January 21, 2014 by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central Time.  We encourage applicants to monitor the status of their application and communicate with their recommenders to make sure they successfully submit the form on time.

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Undergraduate Transfer Program Financial Information Forms and Related Questions

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How does the Foundation determine unmet financial need?


The Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates.  However, to be competitive, applicants must also show unmet financial need, which has two components:

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

Factors relevant to this determination include:

  • Students receiving full funding for their four-year degree will not be competitive for this scholarship, as they have no unmet financial need.  
  • One indicator that candidates have financial need is that they were eligible for need-based aid while attending a two-year college.
  • Non-US citizens may be eligible for the Foundation’s scholarships if they demonstrate unmet financial need, regardless of their eligibility for other types of federal and institutional financial aid.

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Why does the Foundation require financial information from my parents?


The Foundation requires parent financial information from students younger than 30 years of age. One reason we require financial information from parents is that research shows that students from lower-income backgrounds are less likely to complete a college degree or assume educational debt, and therefore may need greater assistance than others.

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I am 30 years old or older. Do my parents still need to complete the financial information forms regardless of whether I receive support from them?


No.  If you are 30 years old or older (by the application deadline), your parent(s) do not need to submit their financial information. 

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Which financial forms do my parents need to complete?

If you are under the age of 30 (by the application deadline), your parents will need to complete an online Parent Financial Form. Both of your natural or adoptive parents must complete the proper forms.

  • If your parents (natural or adoptive) are both living and married to each other, they must complete Parent Financial Form A.
  • If your parents (natural or adoptive) are both living and are single, divorced, separated, or remarried:
    • Your mother must complete Parent Financial Form B1
    • Your father must complete Parent Financial Form B2
  • If either of your parents is deceased, unknown, or cannot be found, then the remaining parent must complete Parent Financial Form C.

It is your responsibility to confirm that all forms are completed by the deadline. Applications missing any of these forms will be disqualified.

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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?


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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Undergraduate Transfer Program Selection Questions

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Are there limits on the types of four-year colleges Scholars may attend or the areas of study Scholars may pursue?

Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited four-year undergraduate institution in the US to pursue a bachelor's degree in any area of study. For examples, see the profiles of our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship recipients here.

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Are Scholars allowed to receive other grants or scholarships and still qualify for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship?


With few restrictions, the Foundation permits Scholars to receive other awards.  In fact, Scholars must apply for financial aid from their four-year institution each year and most receive other forms of aid in addition to the Foundation's award.

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Does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship support study in non-degree programs?


No. Only students who will pursue baccalaureate degree programs at accredited colleges or universities are eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

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What are the chances of being awarded a scholarship?


The Foundation expects to receive approximately 1,000 applications and will award approximately 75 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships in 2014.

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How much support does the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provide?


Each award will fund a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the period required to complete the undergraduate degree program, generally two or two-and-a-half years.  The amount and duration of awards varies by student, based on the cost of attendance and length of the program as well as the amount of other scholarships or grants the Scholar receives.  The maximum amount of the Foundation’s scholarship is $30,000 per year.

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Undergraduate Transfer Program Mr. Cooke Questions

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Who was Jack Kent Cooke?


Mr. Cooke was a philanthropist, businessman, and devotee of learning and the arts who left the bulk of his estate to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to help students of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.  Learn more about Mr. Cooke

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