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How edX is Building Opportunities for Young Scholars

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 9, 2016 10:08:40 AM

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.

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Topics: Young Scholars Program, Cooke edX Challenge, edtech

Fox News Publishes True Merit Op-Ed

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 8, 2016 1:07:17 PM

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:

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Topics: college admissions, JKCF in the News, True Merit

Feb. 5: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 5, 2016 3:06:47 PM

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Topics: college admissions, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, edtech

5 Ways to Share Information on Our Young Scholars Program

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 4, 2016 2:08:10 PM

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!

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Topics: application, gifted programs, Young Scholars Program

Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions with Monirath Siv

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 2, 2016 11:55:59 AM

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.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Scholars, Cooke Conversations

Washington Post Publishes True Merit Op-Ed

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 1, 2016 1:46:28 PM

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.

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Topics: low income, college admissions, True Merit

Jan. 29: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 29, 2016 3:34:17 PM

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.

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Topics: financial aid, gifted programs, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Ryan Liu Reflects on Yale's Transfer Student Policy

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 28, 2016 4:46:49 PM

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.

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Topics: Scholar News, low income, Transfer students, college admissions, True Merit

The Cooke Young Scholars Program 2016 Application is Now Open

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 27, 2016 11:22:25 AM

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Topics: application, Media Release, Young Scholars Program

Jan. 22: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 22, 2016 12:42:52 PM

Jan. 22, 2016—Here’s our weekly roundup of the biggest news you may have missed. Education advocates are taking action to the improve the admissions process and access for low-income students.

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Topics: low income, college access, college admissions, Friday Roundup,

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