Paying for College & Finding Summer Meals

Cooke Scholar Luis Rosales speaks with Cooke Young Scholars about college.

May 17, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Coverage and commentary discuss the challenges of identifying public school students for advanced courses and other resources. K-12 advocates provide information on summer meals and opportunities for accelerated curriculum. Articles discussion equity and affordability as it relates to student loans, work study, and income share agreements.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • “Talented students are not limited based on their race, family income or zip code; a K-12 system that puts that belief into action will honor the highest principles,” states Jonathan Plucker in the New York Daily News.
  • 30 million children rely on the National School Lunch Program for meals during the school year. No Kid Hungry provides a text messaging service that families can use to locate free summer meals in their neighborhoods. Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to 877-877 to receive a list of meal sites and operating times.


Higher Education:

  • “Children from low-income, marginalized families are less likely than their peers from affluent, high-status families ever to enroll in a postsecondary program, complete a college degree, or earn a high-paying job,” states a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
  • Other discussions related to paying for college include the Urban Institute‘s analysis on targeting families with low incomes for student loan forgiveness, and the first in a series of Education Dive articles that examine the state of the Federal Work-Study program.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education speaks to researchers and admissions officers about the College Board’s Environmental Context Dashboard, which provides contextual information about an applicant’s neighborhood, family, and high school communities.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • USC News writes a profile of Cooke Scholar Omer Azizi: “Whether he’s working with NGOs to better inform refugees or giving advice to strangers, the core of Azizi is helping to solve problems – small or large.”
  • Cooke Graduate Scholars Melissa Cunningham and Rey Laurencio are celebrated in publications by their respective alma maters, Seminole State College and Lone Star College.
  • From the Top’s Where Music Lives video series features Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner Taylor Akin, an 18-year-old bassoonist whose additional hobbies include rebuilding classic cars and caring for his family’s horses.
  • Foundation research is cited in a Forbes commentary by Audrey Murrell, and an opinion in The Hill by Josh Wyner.
  • The Mosby Heritage Area Association, a 2019 Good Neighbor Grant recipient, has served over 50,000 students through its school programming, reports Middleburg Life.


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Photo header: As Cooke Young Scholars build their college lists in high school, they speak with their on-staff adviser and often current Cooke College Scholars and Cooke Transfer Scholars like Luis Rosales (right) to inform their decision-making.