How to Apply

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.

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application is open!

Current community college students and recent graduates can apply exclusively through The Common App. All scholarship application materials must be submitted before the deadline on November 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone.

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This scholarship for top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees is among the largest private scholarships for community college transfer students in the country.  Read more about the benefits of the scholarship on the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship page.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, at a minimum, applicants must meet the following 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.
    • If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.
    • Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2019 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.

Selection Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 45 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished college admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations.  In addition to GPA, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Unmet 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.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school.
  • Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.

Campus Representatives are faculty and staff members on your community college campus that can assist you with your application to the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Though not all campuses have a representative, over 400 community colleges around the country have active Cooke Campus Representatives.

Find Your Campus Representative

Steps to Apply

The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application is open!

Current community college students and recent graduates can apply exclusively through The Common App. All scholarship application materials must be submitted before the deadline on November 27, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone.

Apply Now

Why Apply

This scholarship for top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees is among the largest private scholarships for community college transfer students in the country.  Read more about the benefits of the scholarship on the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship page.

Who Can Apply

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, at a minimum, applicants must meet the following 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.
    • If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.
    • Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2019 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.

Selection Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 45 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished college admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations.  In addition to GPA, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.
  • Unmet 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.
  • Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school.
  • Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.
Get Help Applying on Campus

Campus Representatives are faculty and staff members on your community college campus that can assist you with your application to the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Though not all campuses have a representative, over 400 community colleges around the country have active Cooke Campus Representatives.

Find Your Campus Representative

FAQs

How much support does the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship provide?

Each award will fund a portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees for the period required to complete the undergraduate degree program, generally...

Are there age restrictions for applicants?

No. This program has no age restrictions.

Contact Us

We are currently accepting applications for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Applicants seeking assistance with the Common App platform should reach out to its Help Center.

For all other inquiries, including questions about the program and eligibility requirements, please email scholarships@jkcf.org or call 800-941-3300.