Ensuring Support for Underserved Students

May 11, 2018 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles cover student support for high-achieving students with financial need.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • NPR speaks with psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman about how schools can better support twice-exceptional students—those children who are high-achieving and have a learning or developmental disability.


Higher Education:

  • The Hechinger Report tells the story of a first-generation college graduate and the challenges of upward mobility. The story is part of an upcoming documentary about college and social class from APM Reports.
  • Education Dive looks into the new “traditional” college student: the adult learner with financial need. Students over 25 comprise the largest portion of U.S. college students, making it necessary for colleges and universities to adapt their services to meet the needs of this growing population.
  • Early May marks the time in which many high school seniors make final decisions about where to attend college. This decision can bring excitement, but also significant worries about a family’s ability to pay, leading some students to never enroll at all. NPR reports.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The Chicago Tribune highlights the talents of Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner Masha Lakisova, who has an upcoming performance this month.
  • Summer programs offered by the Traveling Players Ensemble, a Cooke Foundation grantee, are described in the Blue Ridge Leader.


Social Media Spotlight:



No one’s laughing or scoffing now Jenny, congrats! ? #JKCF #CookeScholars #ThinkBig #WorkHard #Achieve #BetterMakeRoom #WednesdayWisdom Repost from @jennyvha College has always been an oxymoron to me: a certain path of uncertainty. As the first person to attend college in my family, my journey is filled with self-doubt and the overwhelming pressure to succeed. I continuously wondered how a girl from an under resourced public school would get to a top-tier private school, let alone pay for it. – People laughed at the idea of me leaving the state. Then, when I got accepted into 5 selective schools across the country, they scoffed, assuming how much debt I would be in. To them, I clearly had my head in the clouds. – In the upcoming fall, I will be attending the University of Southern California, fully-paid for by @thejkcf and several other outside scholarships. And while I am completely terrified of what the next year consists of, I know now that there is nothing impossible. – p.s. hit up @stephmontelongraphy for bomb pictures <3

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