How to Apply

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 top four-year colleges and universities.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest 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. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of over 2,800 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – 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 he or she 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 college student experience

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
  • GPA – Earn a minimum, 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.

The 2020-2021 application closed on October 30, 2020.

Reopening in fall of 2021

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
  • GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Financial Need – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with a maximum annual gross income of $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new  College Scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.  During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents.

Selection Criteria

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each College Scholarship Program application individually with the assistance of a committee of educational professionals from across the nation. The criteria used in the selection process are:

  • Academic ability and achievement: Maintains a strong academic record and receives outstanding recommendations from teachers, shows a desire to be challenged, and demonstrates enthusiasm for learning. Eligible applicants must have a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5.
  • Leadership: Motivates others, takes initiative, and contributes positively to the community.
  • Persistence: Exhibits determination when faced with obstacles, goal-oriented, and confronts challenges with an ability to adapt to change.
  • Unmet financial need: We 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.
September 1, 2021
Application opens. Apply online in the Common App.
November 18, 2021
Application submission deadline.
January 2022
Semifinalists are announced. All applicants will be notified of their status via email.
April 2022
Scholarship recipients are announced. All semifinalists will be notified of their status via email.

The application for the Cooke College Scholarship Program will re-open in the fall on September 1, 2021. Sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens:

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Why Apply

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest 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. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of over 2,800 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – 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 he or she 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 college student experience

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
  • GPA – Earn a minimum, 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.

The 2020-2021 application closed on October 30, 2020.

Reopening in fall of 2021

Who Can Apply

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2022.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022.
  • GPA – Earn a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Financial Need – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with a maximum annual gross income of $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new  College Scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.  During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents.

Selection Criteria

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each College Scholarship Program application individually with the assistance of a committee of educational professionals from across the nation. The criteria used in the selection process are:

  • Academic ability and achievement: Maintains a strong academic record and receives outstanding recommendations from teachers, shows a desire to be challenged, and demonstrates enthusiasm for learning. Eligible applicants must have a minimum, cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5.
  • Leadership: Motivates others, takes initiative, and contributes positively to the community.
  • Persistence: Exhibits determination when faced with obstacles, goal-oriented, and confronts challenges with an ability to adapt to change.
  • Unmet financial need: We 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.
Timeline
September 1, 2021
Application opens. Apply online in the Common App.
November 18, 2021
Application submission deadline.
January 2022
Semifinalists are announced. All applicants will be notified of their status via email.
April 2022
Scholarship recipients are announced. All semifinalists will be notified of their status via email.
When to Apply

The application for the Cooke College Scholarship Program will re-open in the fall on September 1, 2021. Sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens:

Notify Me

FAQs

Am I eligible to apply to the Cooke College Scholarship Program?

To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must: •Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021 •Intend to enroll full time...

How many Cooke College Scholarship recipients will the Foundation select?

In March 2020, 118 scholars were selected for the Cooke College Scholarship Program. The number of scholars each year varies.

Contact Us

The 2020-2021 College Scholarship Program application closed on October 30, 2020. The 2021-2022 application will open on September 1, 2021. Email scholarships@jkcf.org with questions.

Questions about the Common App: appsupport.commonapp.org

Questions about the program and eligibility scholarships@jkcf.org