Resources for 7th Graders

The Cooke Foundation collaborates with regional talent centers to conduct outreach and recruitment for the Young Scholars Program and also provide avenues for above-level testing. While applicants are not required to be talent center program participants to apply to the Young Scholars Program, it is strongly encouraged for applicants to enroll in the talent search with their regional talent center for additional educational benefits.

The regional talent centers conduct annual talent searches to seek out and acknowledge academically talented students who exhibit high academic strengths and need further educational challenge. Students can participate in the talent search by taking an above-level test.

High-ability students tend to score very highly on grade-level tests like state assessments. Above-level testing is an important tool for assessing the educational needs of academically talented students who may need further challenges.

One of our regional talent center partners, Duke University Talent Identification Program provides a helpful handout explaining the importance of above-level testing for high-achieving students. Download the handout as a PDF here.

Students and families who participate in the talent search can receive benefits like educational guidance, recognition for their abilities, qualification for advanced level programming, and access to other scholarships.

In addition, the 7th-8th grade talent searches are particularly helpful for pre-college planning as the SAT and ACT are used to evaluate students. By participating in the talent search during these grades, students get an early glimpse at the important college entrance exams in a low-stakes setting as the test scores cannot be seen by colleges or universities. Studies show that taking the SAT or ACT more than once or twice can increase scores.

If you have questions about applying to the Young Scholars Program and participating in above-level testing, please click on the state in which you reside, and you will be directed to the contact information for the regional talent center best able to assist you.

Talent centers also provide testing and resources for students younger than 7th grade. The Cooke Foundation provides outreach grants to the talent centers to support testing and identification of low-income students who are high-achieving and gifted. Fee waivers for testing are available to qualified applicants.

What is the talent search?

The regional talent centers conduct annual talent searches to seek out and acknowledge academically talented students who exhibit high academic strengths and need further educational challenge. Students can participate in the talent search by taking an above-level test.

What is above-level testing?

High-ability students tend to score very highly on grade-level tests like state assessments. Above-level testing is an important tool for assessing the educational needs of academically talented students who may need further challenges.

One of our regional talent center partners, Duke University Talent Identification Program provides a helpful handout explaining the importance of above-level testing for high-achieving students. Download the handout as a PDF here.

Students and families who participate in the talent search can receive benefits like educational guidance, recognition for their abilities, qualification for advanced level programming, and access to other scholarships.

In addition, the 7th-8th grade talent searches are particularly helpful for pre-college planning as the SAT and ACT are used to evaluate students. By participating in the talent search during these grades, students get an early glimpse at the important college entrance exams in a low-stakes setting as the test scores cannot be seen by colleges or universities. Studies show that taking the SAT or ACT more than once or twice can increase scores.

If you have questions about applying to the Young Scholars Program and participating in above-level testing, please click on the state in which you reside, and you will be directed to the contact information for the regional talent center best able to assist you.

Talent centers also provide testing and resources for students younger than 7th grade. The Cooke Foundation provides outreach grants to the talent centers to support testing and identification of low-income students who are high-achieving and gifted. Fee waivers for testing are available to qualified applicants.

 
Select a state to learn more information.
Midwest
Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
Northeast
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
Pacific
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth
South
Duke University Talent Identification Program
West
Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center

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Contact Us

The 2018 Young Scholars Program application is now closed. Semifinalist notifications were sent via email on April 26, 2018.

Please email scholarships@jkcf.org or call 800-941-3300 if you have questions.