College Scholarship Program

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

Deadline extended: We have been notified that many applicants and recommenders were provided the incorrect deadline for the College Scholarship Program. In fairness to all applicants, the deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

William Tarpeh

“I have a really central belief that potential is universal, but opportunity is not.”

William Tarpeh
Cooke Scholar
William Tarpeh

William Tarpeh

William Tarpeh, a Cooke Young Scholar and College Scholar, has made it his mission to help solve major world sanitation problems.
93% attend
A most or highly competitive college or university
3.86 average
Unweighted High School GPA
83% Civic or Community Service
Participation during High School

Program Experience

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:


  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

Contact Us

We are currently accepting applications for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is November 20, 2019.

Applicants seeking assistance with The Common App platform should reach out to the Common App Applicant Solutions Center.

For all other inquiries, including questions about the program and eligibility requirements, Cooke Foundation support is available by phone (800-941-3300) or email ( on Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET.

Live online chat support will be available at the following times:
Monday, Nov. 18: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Tuesday, Nov. 19: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, Nov. 20: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ET (with email support until 10:00 p.m. ET)