About Us

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Why We Exist

Research Shows:

  • High-achieving students with financial need often exist in isolation.
  • High-achieving students with financial need are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.

These students need:

  • To be academically challenged and inspired during school, after school, and in the summers.
  • Information about how to successfully navigate transitions to high school and college and prepare for, identify, and apply to competitive colleges.
  • Financial resources that enable them to develop their academic and artistic talents.

 

Our Ethics

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

State of the Foundation

In 2016, we celebrated the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s 16th anniversary of providing among the largest scholarships in the country to students with enormous talent but limited financial means, fulfilling Jack Kent Cooke’s inspiring vision.

Moments to Remember

The Beginning

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation begins operations in Lansdowne, Virginia.

The First Young Scholars

The first group of 50 Cooke Young Scholars are selected for high school scholarships.

The First Undergraduate Transfer Scholars

The first Cooke Scholars Weekend is held by the Foundation.

College Advising Corps

The Foundation helps launch College Advising Corps to serve low-income students.

"From the Top"

Grants to NPR's "From the Top" classical music program begin.

Academic Enrichment Grants

The Cooke Foundation begins awarding academic enrichment grants.

The First Oxford Scholar

Larry Liu is selected as the first Cooke Oxford Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford.

"True Merit"

The Foundation's "True Merit" report examines the accessibility of selective colleges for bright, low-income students.

BEAM Receives Talent Development Award

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) receives the $1 million Cooke Foundation Talent Development Award to low-income students improve their problem-solving skills.

Moments to Remember

2000

The Beginning

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation begins operations in Lansdowne, Virginia.

2001

The First Young Scholars

The first group of 50 Cooke Young Scholars are selected for high school scholarships.

2002

The First Undergraduate Transfer Scholars

The first Cooke Scholars Weekend is held by the Foundation.

2004

College Advising Corps

The Foundation helps launch College Advising Corps to serve low-income students.

2005

"From the Top"

Grants to NPR's "From the Top" classical music program begin.

2012

Academic Enrichment Grants

The Cooke Foundation begins awarding academic enrichment grants.

2015

The First Oxford Scholar

Larry Liu is selected as the first Cooke Oxford Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford.

2016

"True Merit"

The Foundation's "True Merit" report examines the accessibility of selective colleges for bright, low-income students.

2017

BEAM Receives Talent Development Award

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) receives the $1 million Cooke Foundation Talent Development Award to low-income students improve their problem-solving skills.