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 2021.
  • Academics: Earned all As and Bs in core academic subjects since beginning of 6th grade.
  • Income: Demonstrate unmet financial need with a maximum adjusted gross income of $95,000.
  • Location: Permanently reside in the United States and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
January 11, 2021
Link to online application available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
March 22, 2021
Application period closes.
April - July 2021
Application review process is conducted (Semifinalists will be announced in May 2021).
September 2021
The new cohort of Young Scholars is notified.

The application for the 2021 Cooke Young Scholars Program opens January 11, 2021. Sign up to receive an email 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 2021.
  • Academics: Earned all As and Bs in core academic subjects since beginning of 6th grade.
  • Income: Demonstrate unmet financial need with a maximum adjusted gross income of $95,000.
  • Location: Permanently reside in the United States and plan to attend high school in the U.S.
Timeline
January 11, 2021
Link to online application available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.
March 22, 2021
Application period closes.
April - July 2021
Application review process is conducted (Semifinalists will be announced in May 2021).
September 2021
The new cohort of Young Scholars is notified.
When to Apply

The application for the 2021 Cooke Young Scholars Program opens January 11, 2021. Sign up to receive an email when the application opens:

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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

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