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The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Educational advisers help Cooke Young Scholars maximize the high school experience and prepare to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges. Our programming and support includes:

  • 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 Cooke Young Scholar events.
  • Year-round interaction and networking with a community of high-achieving peers.

Cooke Scholars come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities. Many scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

To be considered for the Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Grade level: Entering 8th grade in the fall of 2020.
  • Academics: Since the beginning of 6th grade, have earned grades of all or mostly A’s in school with no C’s or below in core academic subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Foreign Language).
  • Income: Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new Young Scholars had a median family income of approximately $43,000.
  • Location: Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
January 13, 2020
Application opens for the 2020 Cooke Young Scholars Program.
March 23, 2020
Application period closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET.
April - July 2020
Application review is conducted; we may request additional information during this time. Semifinalists will be notified in May, 2020. After that, the next phase of review may include telephone interviews with applicants and parents/guardians.
August 2020
The new cohort of Cooke Young Scholars is selected. The Cooke Foundation notifies all recipients and non-recipients by email.
Why Apply

Apply Now

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Educational advisers help Cooke Young Scholars maximize the high school experience and prepare to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges. Our programming and support includes:

  • 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 Cooke Young Scholar events.
  • Year-round interaction and networking with a community of high-achieving peers.

Cooke Scholars come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities. Many scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Who Can Apply

To be considered for the Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Grade level: Entering 8th grade in the fall of 2020.
  • Academics: Since the beginning of 6th grade, have earned grades of all or mostly A’s in school with no C’s or below in core academic subjects (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Foreign Language).
  • Income: Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new Young Scholars had a median family income of approximately $43,000.
  • Location: Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
Timeline
January 13, 2020
Application opens for the 2020 Cooke Young Scholars Program.
March 23, 2020
Application period closes at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET.
April - July 2020
Application review is conducted; we may request additional information during this time. Semifinalists will be notified in May, 2020. After that, the next phase of review may include telephone interviews with applicants and parents/guardians.
August 2020
The new cohort of Cooke Young Scholars is selected. The Cooke Foundation notifies all recipients and non-recipients by email.

FAQs

Am I eligible to apply?

To be considered for the Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: Grade level: Entering 8th grade in the fall of 2020. Academics: Since the beginning...

How many Cooke Young Scholars are selected?

The number of scholars selected may vary from year to year. In 2019, 60 Cooke Young Scholars were selected.

Contact Us

We are currently accepting applications for the Cooke Young Scholars Program. The deadline to apply is March 23, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) ET.

If you have any questions regarding your application or the program, please email scholarships@jkcf.org. Foundation staff usually respond within 48 business hours.