October 14: Education News We're Reading This Week


October 14, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Media stories describe the economic and social benefits associated with supporting college access for underrepresented students.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NBC News lists six court cases through which Latino advocacy helped shape the country’s education policies.

  • In New York City, students who are homeless “often lose class time, are hungry and have long bus rides,” reports The Wall Street Journal (paywall).


Higher Education:

  • “Public higher education is at a tipping point in the United States,” states an op-ed in The Washington Post by Association of American Universities President Mary Sue Coleman. “It is an essential public good that is suffering from an unprecedented erosion of public support, with potentially devastating consequences for our students and our economy.”

  • Inside Higher Ed shares findings from a new report that demonstrate black and Latino students are underrepresented at selective public research universities.

  • “Employment has been rising faster in jobs requiring higher levels of preparation – that is, more education, training and experience,” writes Pew Research Center. A piece in The Huffington Post explains how enrolling more first-generation students in higher education institutions will help the nation’s workforce remain globally competitive.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • The foundation partners with Teachers College, Columbia University to launch an online continuing education program to help counselors and staff at other community-based organizations improve college advising for underrepresented students.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society features Cooke Scholar Sagar Chapagain’s journey from Nepal to Cornell.

  • Cooke Scholar Dalton Price has established YouResearch, a national nonprofit organization that connects high school students with professors in local research labs for mentorship.


Cooke Foundation Scholarship & Grant Opportunities:

  • We are now accepting applications for our College Scholarship Program. High-achieving high school seniors should apply now for this generous award. The foundation provides recipients with up to $40,000 per year toward their degree, in addition to college advising and opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding.

  • Less than two weeks remain before the deadline for our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application! Community college students who are determined to complete their bachelor’s degree can apply now for up to $40,000 per year, along with opportunities for study abroad, internship stipends, graduate school funding and more.

  • Submit your proposal for a Good Neighbor Grant. Selected grantees in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area will receive a one-time grant of between $10,000 – $35,000 to support the establishment of new programs or the enhancement of existing initiatives that support high potential, low-income students.