Apply Now: Community College Students Transferring to a Four-Year College in Fall 2023 Eligible for National Scholarship

Community college students can apply now to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship using The Common App for Transfer

Lansdowne, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that the application is open for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, which is designed to help reduce financial barriers for talented community college students applying to the nation’s top colleges and universities. The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awards community college students with up to $55,000 per year for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s degrees. The application is available exclusively via the Common App’s online platform, which provides a familiar and streamlined experience for students.

In addition to the generous financial award, selected students receive college planning guidance and ongoing advising throughout their college experience and early career. Students also benefit from joining a unique network of Cooke Scholars and Alumni.

“We know that transfer students are just as talented and successful as other groups attending selective colleges and universities if they are given the chance,” said Seppy Basili, the Foundation’s executive director. “Through the Cooke Transfer Scholarship, we hope to reduce some of the barriers community college students face when navigating the transfer process.”

To apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

–Sophomore Status – Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by January 1, 2023, or a recent graduate (since spring 2018).

–Fall College Enrollment – Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2023.

–GPA – Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent).

— No previous enrollment at a four-year institution – Students who have completed the equivalent of one semester (or more) at a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.

–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 Foundation received more than 1,200 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship applications last year and selected 100 Cooke Transfer Scholars (the largest cohort to date). Currently in their first semester at their four-year school, new Scholars are connecting virtually and networking with other Cooke Scholars, and participate in college and career workshops led by Cooke Foundation Staff and Alumni.

The final deadline to submit the completed Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application is January 12, 2023. The application will close at midnight in the applicant’s local time zone.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $250 million in scholarships to nearly 3,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive educational advising and other support services. The Foundation has also provided $125 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

Media Contact: Julia Florence,