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: 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.

The application for the 2020 Cooke Young Scholars Program will be open to 7th grade students in winter 2020. Sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens:

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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: 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.
When to Apply

The application for the 2020 Cooke Young Scholars Program will be open to 7th grade students in winter 2020. Sign up to receive an email notification when the application opens:

Notify Me

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 application for the 2019 Cooke Young Scholars Program has closed. Scholarship semifinalists will be notified in May.

If you have any questions regarding your application status, please email scholarships@jkcf.org. If you are having technical difficulties with the application system, we will continue to work with you after the deadline passes to resolve your issues.