JKCF Announces Recipients of 2014 Dissertation Fellowship Awards

LANSDOWNE, VA – Eight advanced doctoral students from across the nation are recipients of 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Awards. These one-time $25,000 awards support doctoral candidates completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.

“We were so impressed with the caliber of applicants this year that we awarded the largest number of fellowships to date,” said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs. “These Fellows are working on a range of topics that tackle issues faced by the kinds of students we support, and their research will assist not only us but also other practitioners, parents, schools, and communities helping such students to achieve their full potential.”

The Foundation received applications from 90 doctoral candidates at 53 universities in 27 states and the District of Columbia. The institutions include top ranked graduate schools in the fields of education, sociology, psychology, and economics. A panel of six national experts assessed the applications based on a review of the quality of the proposals with respect to the scope, originality, and rigor of the proposed dissertation research.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation congratulates the following fellowship award recipients:

Rachel Baker
Graduate Institution: Stanford University
Dissertation Proposal Title: Educational Goals and Pathways in Community Colleges

Andrea Flores
Graduate Institution: Brown University
Dissertation Proposal Title: Succeeders: Low-income Latino Youth’s College Aspirations

Stephanie Guinosso
Graduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Dissertation Proposal Title: Adverse Experiences and Cognitive Development among School-Age Children in the U.S.

Jodut Hashmi
Graduate Institution: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dissertation Proposal Title: Examining the Role of Parent Involvement in College Access for Low-Income Students: A Qualitative Study of the FUEL program

Enyi Jen
Graduate Institution: Purdue University
Dissertation Proposal Title: Incorporating a Small-Group Affective Curriculum Model into a Diverse University-based Summer Residential Enrichment Program for Gifted, Creative, and Talented Youth

Adam Kapor
Graduate Institution: Yale University
Dissertation Proposal Title: College Applications, Admissions, Enrollment and Matriculation under a Percentage Plan

Shanta Robinson
Graduate Institution: University of Michigan
Dissertation Proposal Title: Fantasies of Ballin’: The Educational and Occupational Aspirations of Homeless Youth of Color

Kelly Rosinger
Graduate Institution: University of Georgia
Dissertation Proposal Title: Financial Aid Award Letters and Student Enrollment and Financing Behavior: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial


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