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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards $500,000 Grant to Launch STEM Excellence and Literacy Program

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 30, 2014 11:52:00 AM

LANSDOWNE, VA – Over the next three years, 330 high-ability, low-income middle school students living in rural, under-resourced school districts in Iowa will participate in a rigorous after school math and science enrichment program, thanks to a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The Foundation, the largest scholarship foundation in the country, awards the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education (B-BC) its $500,000 biennial Talent Development Award to revive and expand its STEM Excellence and Literacy (SEAL) program.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, STEM

September 26, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 26, 2014 5:01:12 PM

September 26, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

7 Ways to Submit Your Best Scholarship Application

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 25, 2014 4:52:00 PM

Have you heard the news? The application for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is now available!  

We’ll be selecting up to 40 high-achieving high school seniors to receive these awards, which are worth up to $40,000 per year to attend one of the country’s best four-year institutions.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, College Scholarship, Tips, application

JKCF Video: Tips on How to Find the Right College for You

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 24, 2014 2:08:41 PM

Are you or do you know a student applying to college this year and feeling utterly overwhelmed? As anyone who has been through it knows, the college search process can feel just that, overwhelming.

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Topics: Tips, Scholars, Video, college decision

College Scholarship Program Webinar Recording Now Available

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 23, 2014 10:38:00 AM

If you missed the informational webinar about our College Scholarship Program on September 9 or want a refresher, a recording of it is now available.

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Topics: College Scholarship, Webinar

Grantee Spotlight: Duke TIP's Project Launch

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 22, 2014 12:03:00 PM

Imagine the world is under siege by the worst health crisis experienced in our lifetime. What would you do? How would you coordinate a relief effort to cope with it?

This is the challenge faced by 11- and 12-year-old participants in a one-week Project Launch summer residential program titled CRISIS (Creative Resolution of Impossible Situations by Intelligent Solutions!).

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Topics: Grantee Spotlight, gifted programs

September 19, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 19, 2014 5:54:10 PM

September 19, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

3 Tips for Navigating the Transition to College

Posted by Beth Zielinski on Sep 18, 2014 2:58:00 PM

I'm back with part two of tips to help you with your transition! If you haven’t already seen part one, it can be found here.

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Topics: Tips, college freshman, college readiness, Transfer students

JKCF Grantee Helps Middle School Students Explore Interests in Space Engineering & Robotics

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 17, 2014 4:16:00 PM

Now that school is back in session, students are inevitably asked: “What did you do this summer?”  

For 30 talented and gifted middle school students in Prince George’s County, Maryland, the answer to that question included challenging and inspiring time spent working with robots and practicing skills that could benefit them one day in careers in engineering and science.

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Topics: grants, gifted programs

Volunteering in Your Community

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Sep 16, 2014 2:47:14 PM

It’s no secret that admissions offices at many colleges and universities, particularly those that are highly selective, like to see that applicants have experience volunteering in their community. In fact, volunteerism can be nearly as valuable on your application as academic work and extracurricular activities at school.

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Topics: tips for college application, Tips, college access, college admissions

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