For Counselors and Educators

Teachers, counselors, and other community leaders who work with high school students can read, watch, and share the Cooke College Scholarship Program resources below.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is among the largest undergraduate scholarship programs available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. 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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
  • Test Policy – This year, the Cooke Foundation will not require applicants to submit test scores for the College Scholarship Program application, and we will be “test blind” in the review process.

This highly competitive scholarship provides:

  • 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.

If you are a faculty or staff member working with high school students, please sign up to receive our Counselor Newsletter. You’ll receive updates on Cooke Scholarship applications and deadlines, along with resources and tips for counselors, educators, and student-serving organizations.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is among the largest undergraduate scholarship programs available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. 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.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
  • Test Policy – This year, the Cooke Foundation will not require applicants to submit test scores for the College Scholarship Program application, and we will be “test blind” in the review process.

This highly competitive scholarship provides:

  • 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.
Counselor Newsletter

If you are a faculty or staff member working with high school students, please sign up to receive our Counselor Newsletter. You’ll receive updates on Cooke Scholarship applications and deadlines, along with resources and tips for counselors, educators, and student-serving organizations.

Sign Up Here

Contact Us

The College Scholarship Program application is now available in the Common App. The application closes on October 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm in your local time zone.

Questions about the Common App: appsupport.commonapp.org

Questions about the program and eligibility scholarships@jkcf.org