Young Scholars Program Application Period Now Open


The application period for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need, is now open!

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We encourage potential applicants to read this Young Scholars Program application checklist:


  • Current 7th grader
  • Mostly A’s and no C’s in core subjects
  • Family adjusted gross income under $95,000
  • Standardized test score taken within last two years
  • Plan to attend high school in United States

Selection Criteria

  • High academic ability
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Leadership
  • Service to others

Supporting Documents

  • Students: A total of three letters of recommendation: 1 English teacher, 1 math teacher, and 1 personal
  • Parents: financial/income information for last three years


  • No application fee
  • No social security number required
  • Average Young Scholar family income: $30,000

Application Deadline: April 14, 2015

Young Scholars Selection: Early fall 2015

Please visit the FAQs page on our website or contact us if you have any questions. As a reminder, we are hosting a Twitter Chat on February 26 from 5-6 p.m. (Eastern Time) for anyone who has questions about the application process or the Young Scholars Program. To register to join our online chatroom, follow this link or use the hashtag #askJKCF.

Please share the news with anyone you may know who is a high-performing 7th grade student with financial need looking at this exceptional scholarship opportunity. The application period will close April 14, 2015.