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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
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.