With our Young Scholars Program application underway, our outreach team frequently receives questions from high-achieving students and their families for tips on a stand-out application. We've partnered again with edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, to offer seventh-grade applicants an option to earn special consideration by completing a college-level course through the Cooke edX Challenge.
We recently sat down with edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal to learn more about the organization's initiatives to make Advanced Placement (AP) prep and other courses more accessible to high school students. Anant also described how edX has designed modules that make coding more friendly to both young learners and their teachers.
Executive Director Harold Levy discussed honoring True Merit in admissions in a recent op-ed for Fox News. Listing six ways that policies and practices in higher education restrict talented low-income students from applying to and attending selective institutions, Levy states:
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program application has launched, and we are asking for your help in getting the word out! We want 7th graders and educators to know about this incredible opportunity in time for the April 14, 2016 application deadline.
Here are 5 easy ways to share using tools that we all know. Thank you for your help!
We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group!
Cooke Scholar Monirath Siv received our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2009. In the interview below, he shares advice for harnessing naïvity to change the world.
Representation of low-income students at selective colleges and universities has not changed in ten years despite selective institutions’ well-advertised, increased commitment to “need-blind admissions” and “no-loan financial aid” packages. The foundation's recent True Merit report highlighted these findings, along with documenting the clear benefits of attending selective institutions, which provide higher graduation rates and higher pay for students and greater productivity for the nation.
Jan. 29, 2016—Here’s our weekly roundup of the biggest news you may have missed. Promoting equity in education was a major topic in conversations about funding both K-12 and higher education this week.
Like many students with financial need, Ryan Liu began his undergraduate studies at a community college. However, he was among only a handful of students who transferred to Yale University to complete a bachelor's degree. Ryan was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and he is now a junior at Yale's Morse College.