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Cooke Chronicle: New federal regulations & challenges for students

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 24, 2017 11:01:58 AM

Feb. 24, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Coverage focused on new federal regulations affecting DACA and transgender students. Two new reports highlight financial challenges for low-income college students.

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Topics: low income, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Cooke Chronicle: Feb. 17, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 17, 2017 1:49:12 PM

Feb. 17, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College-level courses in high school present challenges and opportunities for school districts. Strong academic programming, community college transfer success, and changes to DACA were also popular topics this week.

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Topics: Scholar News, grants, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Cooke Foundation Awards $350,000 in Academic Grants

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 16, 2017 12:28:06 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced $350,000 in grants to three programs in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C., to provide academic enrichment opportunities for outstanding low-income students.

“Too often, low-income parents can’t afford to send their high-achieving children to rigorous academic programs outside of school,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “These grants will make it possible for many extraordinary students to participate in such programs, furthering their education and better preparing them for college.”

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Topics: low income, Media Release, grants, STEM

High Expectations: How LINK Unlimited Supports Chicago Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 13, 2017 11:55:37 AM

Together with the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), the Cooke Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 NPEA/Cooke Foundation Award for Excellence in Educational Access. For the second year, we are sponsoring this award to recognize an NPEA member organization, program, or school with a $5,000 monetary award for excellence in supporting underrepresented students on the path to and through college.

Below, we speak with last year's recipient of the award, LINK Unlimited Scholars, to learn about their comprehensive programs for supporting economically disadvantaged African American students in Chicago. After 50 years of service, LINK has thoughtful insights to share with other mentorship and scholarship programs.

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Topics: low income, college access, Grantee Spotlight

Cooke Chronicle: Feb. 10, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 10, 2017 4:53:02 PM

Feb. 10, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Higher ed advocates explain why tuition-free programs don’t solve all college access issues. New and anticipated changes to K-12 priorities are also discussed.

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Topics: Scholar News, low income, college access, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Application Period Opens for Nation’s Largest Pre-College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 7, 2017 4:58:58 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Outstanding 7th grade students with financial need can apply from now until April 5 for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program, which is the largest high school scholarship and educational support program in the United States.

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Topics: Young Scholars, application, Media Release, Young Scholars Program

Cooke Chronicle: Feb. 3, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 3, 2017 1:16:59 PM

Feb. 3, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. K-12 programs focus on identifying talented students from underserved backgrounds. State leaders and higher ed advocates look for ways to make college more affordable.

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Topics: college access, gifted programs, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Touchdown! Washington Post features the Cooke Foundation

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 2, 2017 4:10:02 PM

Photo credit: Andre Chung for The Washington Post

In conjunction with this weekend's Super Bowl festivities, The Washington Post Magazine features an article about John Kent Cooke and the work of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The piece describes how our founder's legacy has supported scholarships for roughly 2,200 extraordinary students who have substantial financial need.

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Topics: Scholar News, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, JKCF in the News

Nominate an Organization: Award for Excellence in Educational Access

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 31, 2017 3:42:12 PM

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Topics: low income, Media Release, college success

Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 27, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 27, 2017 3:36:22 PM

Jan. 27, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Several publications detail the apprehension over federal policy changes and how they might affect both K-12 and college students.

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Topics: Scholar News, college access, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

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