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Cooke Foundation Awards $1.6 Million in STEM Education Grants

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 26, 2015 11:30:53 AM

LANSDOWNE, VA – In recognition of the many barriers facing high-performing, low-income students interested science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $1,632,598 in STEM-focused educational grants.

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Topics: grants, STEM

Scholar Spotlight: Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Angela Warren

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 24, 2015 4:45:00 PM

In July 2014 the Arizona School Board Association published a profile on Graduate Scholar and former Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Angela Warren, whose efforts as a social worker have helped highlight and confront the tragic issue of sex trafficking in the U.S.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar accomplishment

JKCF Young Scholar Participates in White House Science Fair

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 23, 2015 11:42:17 AM

LANSDOWNE, VA – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar Robert Kancans from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been invited to participate in the fifth White House Science Fair, hosted today by President Barack Obama. Robert will join more than 100 other bright minds to learn about innovative projects, discoveries, designs, and experiments from students across the country excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

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Topics: Scholar News, Media Release

March 20, 2015: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 20, 2015 4:04:29 PM

March 20, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

Scholar in the News: Dissertation Fellow Ben Castleman

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 19, 2015 1:39:00 PM

Earning a college degree has never been more important. People with a college education have on average substantially higher earnings, pay more taxes, live healthier lives, and have more stable marriages than those without one (Baum, May, & Payea, 2013; Oreopoulos & Salvanes, 2011). Yet these benefits accrue mainly to students who come from affluent families. Over half of students from the highest income quartile earn a bachelor's degree by the time they are 25, compared with fewer than ten percent of students from the lowest income quartile (Bailey and Dynarski, 2012).

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Topics: Scholar News, Dissertation Fellowship, Dissertation Fellow, Scholar accomplishment, JKCF in the News

Article of Interest: All Things Considered

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 18, 2015 9:05:00 AM

Why Many Smart, Low-Income Students Don't Apply To Elite Schools

By Shereen Marisol Meraji
March 16, 2015
NPR All Things Considered

Right now, high school seniors across the country are trying hard not to think about what is — or isn't — coming in the mail.
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Topics: low income, college choice, education news

JKCF in the News: Getting Smart

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 17, 2015 11:53:00 AM

The most exciting element of SXSWedu is the chance to meet, learn, and collaborate with other educators, EdLeaders and edupreneurs. Here’s 70 impact players, conversation leaders, and solution builders — the difference makers we met in Austin.

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Topics: excellence gap, education news, JKCF in the News

Q&A: College Advising Corps CEO Nicole Hurd

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 16, 2015 2:54:04 PM

In December we announced that the CEO of Cooke Foundation grantee College Advising Corps (CAC), Dr. Nicole Hurd, was included on the 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education Influence List. This fantastic honor was awarded based on the CAC’s work in helping low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students get to college.

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Topics: educational advisers, college access, Grantee Spotlight, college admissions

Friday, March 13: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 13, 2015 4:18:37 PM

March 13, 2015—Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

4 Tips for Finding a Mentor and Making the Most of Your Time Together

Posted by Educational Advisers on Mar 12, 2015 11:26:05 AM

1. Why should I have a mentor?

Behind every successful person is a mentor. Usually, it’s several mentors. Mentors provide both professional and personal advice; they are people who we can count on to celebrate our successes and help pick us up when we fall. Sometimes, mentors might feel like another parent or sibling looking out for our best interests. And good mentors will even allow us to make mistakes and then offer support and guidance as we learn from the consequences. Oftentimes, one mentor will lead a mentee to other mentors.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

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