Young Scholars Program

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective 5-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.

Qian Qian Tang

"I remember being like this is where I need to be, this is where I belong," Qian Qian said. "Once I got to Exeter, it just worked. I think that I owe a lot of that to the Foundation."

Qian Qian Tang
Cooke Scholar
Qian Qian Tang

Qian Qian Tang

"I got to MIT and suddenly the world was about more than spending 10 years in a research lab, trying to potentially find a cure [for diseases]," Qian Qian said. "There were ways where you could prototype something or test something out and see the direct impact on the patient or the user within 6 months."  
 
98% Enroll
in a four-year college or university
79% Earned
4 or 5 on AP Tests
78% attend
A most or highly competitive college or university

Program Experience

Educational advisers support Young Scholars to maximize high school experiences and to go on to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges. Our programming and support may include:

  • Identifying an appropriately rigorous high school.
  • Engaging in four-year planning and goal-setting.
  • Funding for academic and extracurricular opportunities, such as music and art lessons, supplemental academic classes and technology.
  • Annual summer programs, including two required Young Scholar programs.
  • Year-round Young Scholars community programming.
  • Networking opportunities with a high-achieving peer community.

 

Contact Us

The 2019 Cooke Young Scholars Program application opens on January 14, 2019. Please contact us regarding your application at (800) 941-3300 or email scholarships@jkcf.org.

The deadline for the Young Scholars Program application is March 14, 2019 at 12:00pm (noon) EST. All application materials and recommendations must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be considered.