Transfer Tips, Education Equity, and Rural Research

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October 25, 2019 – Here’s what we’re reading this week about the issues affecting high-achieving students. This week, we share transfer student stories and advice for community college students. Also, learn about strategies for school counselors and rural educators.

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High-achieving high school seniors can now apply for the Cooke College Scholarship Program, and the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is accepting applications from community college students preparing to transfer to a four-year institution. Both programs provide up to $40,000 per year, as well as comprehensive educational advising and access to the thriving Cooke Scholar community.


Elementary & Secondary Education:

  • Director of Research and Evaluation Jennifer Glynn shares best practices for identifying and supporting high-achieving rural students for AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
  • In Education Week, Clewiston D. Challenger shares strategies for school counselors to help students prepare for the transition to college.


Higher Education:

  • U.S. News & World Report lists helpful tips for students preparing to transfer, including where to find scholarships and how to research transfer-friendly institutions.
  • “Eight out of 10 students work while in college,” states Anthony P. Carnevale in CNBC. “But the reality is that working while in school doesn’t leave enough to cover living and tuition costs. You just can’t work your way through college anymore.”
  • This week, two different organizations released reports with two very different conclusions about state disinvestment in higher education. Inside Higher Ed breaks down the findings to understand how the same data led to different results.


Cooke Foundation Highlights:

  • Congratulations to the 2019 Cooke Graduate Scholars! Graduate degrees can have a profound impact on an individual’s lifetime earnings, but such programs are often beyond the reach of many students with financial need. Through the Cooke International Award and Cooke Graduate Scholarship, the Foundation is expanding this opportunity to students who will contribute significantly to their chosen fields.
  • “I would encourage you as a Cooke Transfer Scholar applicant to avoid reading other people’s stories or comparing yourself to others,” writes Cooke Scholar Vanessa Newman on the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society blog. “Your story is unique and special for a reason, and the best thing you can do for your application is to believe in the power of your story.”
  • Cooke Scholar Fedelene Camille mentors fellow transfer students at the University of Miami. “I wanted to be a Transfer Assistant to help spread the word more so that transfers don’t need to feel alone in this mass of incoming new students,” says Fedelene.
  • At the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties’ Philanthropy Summit, local nonprofit leaders and public administrators shared a collective focus on equitable, systemic change across education, health care, and the legal system. Loudoun Times-Mirror shares key takeaways from the summit, including outcomes from the the PROPEL and Level Up STEM enrichment programs in Loudoun County Public Schools.


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Photo header: Cooke Scholars celebrate at Scholars Weekend.