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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.

$175 Million
Awarded in Scholarships
2,300 Cooke Scholars
Current Scholars and Alumni
$97 Million
Awarded in Grants
Alessandro Bailetti

"The fact that I'm a minority scientist, the fact that I'm an immigrant, the fact that I went to a community college first," Alessandro said, "makes me want to also mentor those future scientists."

Alessandro Bailetti
Cooke Scholar
Alessandro Bailetti

Alessandro Bailetti

After community college, Alessandro was planning on transferring to a good liberal arts school in Florida. Even when he found out he had been accepted to an Ivy League university, he thought he "wasn't good enough" for Cornell and considered rejecting the offer. Then he received the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.
"I [was] an immigrant with only five years in the United States, with good enough English to pass through my classes," Alessandro recounted, "but I never thought I was good enough for Cornell. When I got the scholarship, that was the moment I said 'I can go to Cornell right now.'"