How to Apply

 

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: Currently in 7th grade and/or entering 8th grade in the fall of 2022.
  • Academics: Earned all As and Bs in core academic subjects since beginning of 6th grade.
  • Financial Need – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents. The median family income of last year’s entering cohort of Cooke Young Scholars was approximately $40,000.
  • Location: Permanently reside in the United States and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
February 7, 2022
Link to online application available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
May 9, 2022
Application period closes.
Summer 2022
Application review process is conducted (Semifinalists will be announced in late May).
September 2022
The new cohort of Young Scholars is notified.

The application for the Cooke Young Scholars Program is currently closed.  If you have any questions, please email us at scholarships@jkcf.org.

Why Apply

 

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: Currently in 7th grade and/or entering 8th grade in the fall of 2022.
  • Academics: Earned all As and Bs in core academic subjects since beginning of 6th grade.
  • Financial Need – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. During the selection process, the Foundation will conduct a full financial review which will take into account all income and assets of the student and the student’s parents. The median family income of last year’s entering cohort of Cooke Young Scholars was approximately $40,000.
  • Location: Permanently reside in the United States and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
Timeline
February 7, 2022
Link to online application available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
May 9, 2022
Application period closes.
Summer 2022
Application review process is conducted (Semifinalists will be announced in late May).
September 2022
The new cohort of Young Scholars is notified.
When to Apply

The application for the Cooke Young Scholars Program is currently closed.  If you have any questions, please email us at scholarships@jkcf.org.

FAQs

Am I eligible to apply?

To be considered for the Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements: -Currently in 7th grade and/or entering 8th grade in the fall of 2023. -Since...

How many Cooke Young Scholars are selected?

The number of scholars selected varies from year to year. In 2021, 60 new scholars were selected.

Contact Us

The application for the Cooke Young Scholars Program is now closed. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email us at scholarships@jkcf.org.