Semifinalists for Nation’s Largest College Scholarship Announced


LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 628 outstanding high school seniors with financial need as semifinalists for its College Scholarship, which provides recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years to enable them to attend some of the top colleges and universities in the U.S. It is the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation.

The semifinalists were chosen from more than 5,100 scholarship applicants with a median family income of $36,000. Up to 70 students will be selected from the semifinalists in April to become Cooke College Scholars.

“Cooke Scholars are extraordinarily bright and talented, and have gone on to graduate from America’s elite colleges and universities at the top of their class,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy.

The semifinalists come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. A list of the semifinalists by state can be found here.

In addition to the College Scholarship, the Cooke Foundation provides scholarships to students from 8th through 12th grades and for community college students to transfer to four-year colleges. After graduating with bachelor’s degrees, Cooke College Scholars may be eligible for a Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship worth up to $50,000 a year for up to four years.

Learn more about the College Scholarship Program and our other Cooke Scholarships here.

Cooke College Scholars are selected based on exceptional academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others and leadership. Students must be current high school seniors residing in the United States. Scholarships are awarded without respect to religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, geographic region, race or ethnicity.


The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarships to nearly 2,200 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also awarded over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

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