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Our Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

The Cooke Foundation stands with our Black Scholars, Alumni, Families, Staff, and entire diverse community to condemn systemic racism. Black Lives Matter. We are committed to fighting educational and economic inequalities.

Young Scholars Program

Offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need.

College Scholarship Program

An undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

A highly-selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities.

$200 Million
Awarded in Scholarships
2,700 Cooke Scholars
Current Scholars and Alumni
$110 Million
Awarded in Grants
Raul Magdaleno

“As a child and young adult, I experienced many hardships, but it built my character. All this has influenced my career ambition to believe in others and help them find their purpose through education.”

Raul Magdaleno
Cooke Scholar
Raul Magdaleno

Raul Magdaleno

As a Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar, Raul earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate communication and public affairs at Southern Methodist University while living for a time in a homeless shelter with his mother and sister. He also worked as a special assistant to the dean. In 2011, Raul founded the Magdaleno Leadership Institute, a nonprofit that helps low-income students attend college. “I started the Magdaleno Leadership Institute because I wanted to be to others what I once needed,” he says.