National Debates & Student Success

Welcome Weekend is an immersive academic experience allows scholars to attend sessions with their educational adviser and meet fellow Cooke Young Scholars who share their interests

June 28, 2019 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College affordability makes national headlines after mentions in presidential debates and platforms. Also, read about how geography and community impact college access and success.

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Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Chalkbeat outlines how various presidential candidates would support students with financial need and other education issues.
  • In Youth Today, Leslie Gross describes how extending foster care to age 21 would improve high school graduation rates and help ensure that young people are set up for postsecondary success.


Higher Education:

  • NPR and MarketWatch provide details about each candidate’s proposals for student debt and college affordability. Politico explains how platforms address homelessness among college students, and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education looks specifically at free college proposals and student-parents.
  • Higher education institutions could better support students with financial need by emphasizing the value of community and providing near-peer role models, states USC News.
  • “Proximity to a college campus is a major driver of the rural attainment gap,” reports Inside Higher Ed. “Rural counties are home to 14 percent of the nation’s campuses, the analysis found, even though these areas cover 97 percent of land area in the U.S.”


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Cooke Scholar Ada Maris speaks to Telemundo Chicago about transferring from community college to University of Southern California, where she plans to study political science and work towards becoming an immigration lawyer.
  • “I have immense pride in the fact that my daughter will begin kindergarten while living on the Stanford campus. In the end, I would realize that I did always have a dream to go to college—I just didn’t know it,” writes Cooke Scholar Corey Lamb in Forbes.
  • The Cooke Foundation announces an $800,000 Talent Development Award to Duke TIP. This grant will allow Duke TIP to scale its Project Launch program, which provides high-achieving 5th and 6th grade students with access to enrichment activities and academic resources, as well as hands-on support for parents and families.
  • Inside Philanthropy highlight the Foundation’s Good Neighbor Grant program, which provides support to youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia; metropolitan Washington, DC; and Maryland areas that are helping students with financial need reach their full potential through education.


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Photo header: Today our 2019 Cooke Young Scholars meet each other for the first time on the University of Pennsylvania campus for the start of Welcome Weekend. This immersive academic experience allows scholars to attend sessions with their educational adviser and meet fellow Cooke Young Scholars who share their interests. This photo is from Welcome Weekend 2018.