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The application for the 2017 Young Scholars Program is now closed.

Final notifications have been sent via email on October 3, 2017. 

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Young Scholars Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:

  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology

The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities.

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Young Scholars Class of 2015


Since the program’s inception in 2001, ten cohorts of Young Scholars have graduated from high school and gone on to attend and graduate from many of the most selective colleges and universities in the nation.



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Webinars for students, families, and educators

Join us for a live webinar on eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and key dates. Cooke Foundation staff will answer attendee questions and share best practices and tips for the application process. Several dates and times are available:

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Information for families

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