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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.

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.

Remembering Dr. Matthew J. Quinn

Remembering Dr. Matthew J. Quinn

We were saddened to hear this weekend of the passing of Dr. Matthew Quinn, who served as our founding executive director for more than a decade. Dr. Quinn transformed Mr. Cooke’s vision into a roadmap that guides our work even today. We have been able to cultivate our vibrant community of Cooke Scholars due largely to his contributions, and his legacy has endured beyond his tenure in both the Matthew J. Quinn Prize and the Quinn Youth Leadership Award. It also lives on in the support we provide each year to every student impacted by our work.

$190 Million
Awarded in Scholarships
2,500 Cooke Scholars
Current Scholars and Alumni
$100 Million
Awarded in Grants
Sagar Chapagain

"In 2012, if somebody would say to me that I would be a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, that I would go to an Ivy League school with a full scholarship, that I would graduate at the top of my Community College and give a speech in front of 7,500 people, I would say that must be a good joke," Sagar said.

Sagar Chapagain
Cooke Scholar
Sagar Chapagain

Sagar Chapagain

Sagar said his community college advisers played a big role in his success, which landed him a spot at Cornell where he majors in biology.
"My advisers, they kept pushing me, they said that you have to do better," Sagar said. "You have to go to a school outside of Maryland, you have to go to one of those elite schools. Because that's where you will get good education, and you will meet people who are different than you or who have different ideas and you will grow a lot as a person."