Young Scholars Program

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-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.

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.

 

95% 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
Chionque Mines

During her high school summers as a Young Scholar, Chionque developed her passion for helping others through two enrollments in CivicWeek, the Foundation’s service learning program.

Chionque Mines
Cooke Scholar
Chionque Mines

Chionque Mines

Chionque continues to pursue her interest in the health services field and today is a Cooke College Scholar majoring in medical sociology and minoring in women, gender and sexuality studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She has thrived at Goucher in and out of the classroom, not only as a strong student, but also as a leader in the college’s community. Prior to studying abroad in Queensland, Australia, her junior year, Chionque served as the president of the Black Student Union and as a community assistant supporting resident advisers to help new students get better acquainted with Goucher College and the resources it has to offer.

Contact Us

The application for the Cooke Young Scholars Program is open until March 22, 2021. Please carefully review the FAQs section of our website if you have questions about the program or application process. If you do not find the answer to your question, email us at scholarships@jkcf.org.