Maximize Your Impact: The Best Moments of Scholars Weekend 2016

Each summer, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation hosts new and returning Cooke Scholars near our Lansdowne, Virginia headquarters. At Scholars Weekend, new recipients get to know one another and experience a full dose of the Cooke Scholar community while they attend sessions on college and professional success. We’ve collected some of our favorite memories that scholars shared this past weekend from across social media.

This year’s theme was Maximize Your Impact:



Cooke Scholar Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis and other members of our global scholar community welcomed our newest recipients:



After a long day of workshops, Cooke Scholars prepared for an evening banquet:


We were honored to be joined by Reverend Jesse Jackson and Secretary of Education John King:





We also announced the winners of our 2016 Matthew J. Quinn Prize and Matthew J. Quinn Youth Leadership Award. Learn more about Quinn Prize recipient Olya Yarychkivska.


Cooke Scholars celebrated their school pride on Saturday:

Before departing on the final day of Scholars Weekend, recipients of our College Scholarship Program and Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship illustrated their plans to “think big” this school year. See all the responses on Storify!



The weekend was just the beginning for Cooke Young Scholars, however! Our rising high school seniors left to embark on a tour of colleges together: