Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Hosts 13th Annual Scholars Weekend

Lansdowne, VA – To advance its commitment to supporting exceptional students with financial need, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Scholars Weekend, July 31-August 3, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA.

The Foundation will convene panels, speakers, and other activities for more than 420 new and ongoing Jack Kent Cooke Scholars from across the world, allowing them to engage in high-level intellectual exploration, build strong relationships, showcase their talents, and provide tools that will enable Scholars to transition to the next phase of their education or careers.

“This is an inspiring weekend Scholars and Foundation staff look forward to each year,” said Vice President of Programs Emily Froimson.

The 2014 Scholars Weekend will include Scholar presentations about their personal and professional interests, a college fair for Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars with representatives from more than 40 colleges, a Scholar talent show, and a reception and dinner with keynote speaker Ron Clark. Mr. Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, Oprah Winfrey’s first “Phenomenal Man,” a New York Times bestselling author, the subject of a television movie, and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy.

The banquet will feature the presentation of two annual prizes, the Matthew J. Quinn Prize ($10,000 award) to Shrochis Karki and Matthew Loftus and the Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award ($2,500 award) to Sarah Wood. All three are being recognized for outstanding achievements in public service.

This event is open to the media.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Because we believe that high-potential, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $120 million for over 2,000 scholarships and $76 million in grants to organizations that support our mission. www.jkcf.org