How to Apply

The Young Scholars Program offers some of the most generous pre-college scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Cooke Young Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

Hear from our alumni who have attended and graduated from the most selective colleges and universities in the country as they describe the program in this short video.

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Deadline: March 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.

  • Student Application: Includes demographic information about applicant and family, and academic information such as grades and test scores, activities and awards, and writing.
  • Parent/Guardian Form(s): Includes information from parent(s)/guardian(s) about applicant and household, as well as self-reported adjusted gross income. If applicable, we also require a form from the student’s non-custodial parent(s), the student has contact with their non-custodial
  • Standardized Test Scores: Most recent score report (6th grade) from state standardized testing; may also include score reports from above-level testing through a regional talent center.
  • Report cards from 6th and 7th grade.
  • Academic Recommendation: From a teacher in a core academic subject (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Foreign Language).
  • Personal Recommendation: From a mentor, coach, or a second teacher/instructor who is not a family member.

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 2019.
  • 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 $39,000.
  • Location: Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
January 14, 2019
A link to the online application is posted on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
March 14, 2019
Application period closes.
April-August 2019
Application review is conducted; we may request additional information during this time. Semifinalists will be notified in July 2019. After that, the next phase of review may include telephone interviews with applicants and parents/guardians.
September 2019
The new cohort of Cooke Young Scholars is selected. The Cooke Foundation notifies all recipients and non-recipients by email.
Apply Now

The Young Scholars Program offers some of the most generous pre-college scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Cooke Young Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

Hear from our alumni who have attended and graduated from the most selective colleges and universities in the country as they describe the program in this short video.

Apply Now

Deadline: March 14, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.

Application Checklist
  • Student Application: Includes demographic information about applicant and family, and academic information such as grades and test scores, activities and awards, and writing.
  • Parent/Guardian Form(s): Includes information from parent(s)/guardian(s) about applicant and household, as well as self-reported adjusted gross income. If applicable, we also require a form from the student’s non-custodial parent(s), the student has contact with their non-custodial
  • Standardized Test Scores: Most recent score report (6th grade) from state standardized testing; may also include score reports from above-level testing through a regional talent center.
  • Report cards from 6th and 7th grade.
  • Academic Recommendation: From a teacher in a core academic subject (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies/History, Foreign Language).
  • Personal Recommendation: From a mentor, coach, or a second teacher/instructor who is not a family member.
Eligibility Information

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 2019.
  • 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 $39,000.
  • Location: Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
Timeline
January 14, 2019
A link to the online application is posted on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
March 14, 2019
Application period closes.
April-August 2019
Application review is conducted; we may request additional information during this time. Semifinalists will be notified in July 2019. After that, the next phase of review may include telephone interviews with applicants and parents/guardians.
September 2019
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 2019. Academics: Since the beginning...

How many Cooke Young Scholars are selected?

The number of scholars selected may vary from year to year. In 2018, 50 Cooke Young Scholars were selected.

Contact Us

The 2018 Young Scholars Program application is now closed. Final notifications were sent via email on September 10, 2018. If you have not received a notification email, please check your spam filters. If you still have not received notification, please contact us at 800-941-3300 or email scholarships@jkcf.org.

The 2019 Young Scholars Program application will open in January 2019.