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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college, and beyond, their greatness will emerge.
The Foundation’s Young Scholars Program is designed to nurture exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel. Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school.
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.
Each year, more than 1,000 high-achieving 7th graders nationwide apply for the Young Scholars Program. Approximately 60 students are selected each year. All Young Scholars have demonstrated excellence in academic endeavors and extracurricular activities, a strong will to succeed, and financial need. For Young Scholars entering the program, the average family income is approximately $25,000, and more than 90 percent have incomes under $60,000.