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

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 19, 2014 12:18:49 PM

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

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 18, 2014 4:04:00 PM

Securing great letters of recommendations can be critical for college applications (especially selective schools), jobs, and other opportunities. A good letter of recommendation should offer qualitative information about you that grades and test scores cannot. It should give insight into your talents and personality, and make you seem like a can’t-miss prospect. It is best that these letters are sent by your recommenders confidentially.

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

JKCF in the News: Adviser & Scholar Featured in Salina Journal

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 17, 2014 3:38:34 PM

Eighth-grader earns educational opportunity

By Michael Strand
December 17, 2014
Salina Journal

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, educational advisers, Young Scholars Program, JKCF in the News

JKCF Grantee Named a 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education Influencer

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 17, 2014 7:41:22 AM

Dr. Nicole Hurd, founder and CEO of College Advising Corps (CAC), was recently featured on The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2014 Influence List. The Chronicle labeled Dr. Hurd a "messenger," honoring her and the CAC's work in expanding college access for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. Since it began nine years ago, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded more than $13 million to CAC and its university-based programs. You can read the full list of influencers here.

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Topics: college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight

JKCF Graduate Scholar Reflection: Wildlife Cameraman Dawson Dunning

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 15, 2014 3:55:00 PM

Credit: Dan Socie

“It isn’t as easy as pointing a lens at animal behavior anymore,” writes Dawson Dunning. “I want every shot to be a story in itself, every sequence to be something people will remember.”

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Scholar

December 12, 2014: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 12, 2014 2:02:15 PM

December 12, 2014—Here is what’s new in education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news

Exploring Dual Enrollment Programs

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 11, 2014 3:43:10 PM

What is "dual enrollment"?

Many of you who read our blog regularly are middle and high school students who have plans to attend to college, hopefully at a top college or university. So it’s likely that you already know about Advanced Placement (AP) courses in which you can earn both high school and college credit.

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Topics: Tips, college readiness

Projects Abroad Publishes JKCF Young Scholar Reflection

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 10, 2014 4:32:42 PM

2010 Young Scholar Tashrima Hossain recently traveled to Costa Rica to volunteer through Projects Abroad in the Care & Conservation program. Her Volunteer Story, which you can read in full below, covers her travels during the two-week stay and how extraordinary a volunteer experience can be.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholar accomplishment

JKCF Young Scholar Publishes Photography Website

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 10, 2014 3:41:38 PM

We all know that Cooke Scholars excel academically, but that isn't all that defines them. Many are extremely passionate about sports, volunteerism, music or other arts. For this Young Scholar, photography began as a hobby and has transformed into something much bigger over the years.

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Topics: Young Scholars

JKCF Sponsors White House College Opportunity Day of Action

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Dec 9, 2014 5:23:00 PM


Cooke Scholar Chionque Mines and Executive Director Harold O. Levy

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation took a lead role at the White House College Opportunity Day of Action in Washington, D.C. last week.  As a sponsor of the event, Foundation representatives joined college presidents and other education leaders in making more than 600 commitments to build networks of colleges focused on promoting completion, to create K-16 partnerships around college readiness, to invest in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and to increase the number of college graduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, college access, Scholar accomplishment, excellence gap

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