For Community College Educators

Faculty, financial aid staff, and other professionals who work with community college students can read, watch, and share the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship resources below.

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomore Status – Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2019, or a recent graduate (since spring 2014).
  • Fall College Enrollment– Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2019.
  • GPA– Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Financial Need– Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new transfer scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $32,000.
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution – Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

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 a four-year college and maximize the student experience.

The Foundation seeks to identify a faculty or staff member on every community college campus to serve as the institution’s primary point of contact regarding applicant recruitment and support. Formerly known as faculty representatives, Cooke Campus Representatives are faculty or staff willing to assist interested and eligible students with navigating the application process. Cooke Foundation staff may also work with Campus Representatives to facilitate outreach on their campuses about the scholarship, along with providing additional support regarding application completion.

Currently, we only permit one representative per campus. Click here to view a list of current representatives.

If you don’t see your campus listed or would like to replace the current representative, please click here to update us.

 

Who do I contact if I have a question about the scholarship?

Campus Representatives should contact our call center with questions regarding the scholarship program and application. You can also find more information about our scholarship eligibility on our website.

Can I recommend a student for the scholarship?

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is highly competitive, and applicants recommended by Campus Representatives are not given preferential treatment or status in the review process. We select recipients using an independent review that includes a committee of experienced admissions and higher education professionals. The Foundation makes its decisions based on this collective assessment.

When will I hear from you?

You will receive emails from us periodically about application updates and deadlines. Campus Representatives are also notified about scholarship recipients on their campus one week prior to the notification date to coordinate special on-campus announcements to celebrate the accomplishment of their student/s. However, the Foundation will embargo the official press release announcing recipients until our formal announcement date. We ask that all early announcements are restricted to on-campus activities only.

Learn More

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. Each Cooke Scholar has access to generous financial support for two to three years, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to connect with the thriving community of fellow scholars.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Sophomore Status – Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2019, or a recent graduate (since spring 2014).
  • Fall College Enrollment– Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2019.
  • GPA– Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).
  • Financial Need– Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new transfer scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $32,000.
  • No previous enrollment or attendance at a four-year institution – Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

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 a four-year college and maximize the student experience.
Become a Campus Representative

The Foundation seeks to identify a faculty or staff member on every community college campus to serve as the institution’s primary point of contact regarding applicant recruitment and support. Formerly known as faculty representatives, Cooke Campus Representatives are faculty or staff willing to assist interested and eligible students with navigating the application process. Cooke Foundation staff may also work with Campus Representatives to facilitate outreach on their campuses about the scholarship, along with providing additional support regarding application completion.

Currently, we only permit one representative per campus. Click here to view a list of current representatives.

If you don’t see your campus listed or would like to replace the current representative, please click here to update us.

 

Who do I contact if I have a question about the scholarship?

Campus Representatives should contact our call center with questions regarding the scholarship program and application. You can also find more information about our scholarship eligibility on our website.

Can I recommend a student for the scholarship?

The Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is highly competitive, and applicants recommended by Campus Representatives are not given preferential treatment or status in the review process. We select recipients using an independent review that includes a committee of experienced admissions and higher education professionals. The Foundation makes its decisions based on this collective assessment.

When will I hear from you?

You will receive emails from us periodically about application updates and deadlines. Campus Representatives are also notified about scholarship recipients on their campus one week prior to the notification date to coordinate special on-campus announcements to celebrate the accomplishment of their student/s. However, the Foundation will embargo the official press release announcing recipients until our formal announcement date. We ask that all early announcements are restricted to on-campus activities only.

Contact Us

The application for the 2019 Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship has closed. Semifinalists will be notified by early February.

If you have any questions regarding your application status, please email scholarships@jkcf.org or call 800-941-3300.