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Harold O. Levy in The Hill: Value Merit over Money in Admissions

Posted by Amber Styles on May 24, 2016 11:03:10 AM

Higher education is commonly understood as the key to social mobility, but as Executive Director Harold O. Levy describes in The Hill, talented students from low-income families have the deck stacked against them. Some institutions have identified this issue and begun making progress towards recruiting, enrolling, and supporting high-achieving students with financial need. In this latest opinion piece, Levy highlights the strategies of Amherst College, the 2016 winner of the Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

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Topics: low income, college access, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

May 20: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on May 20, 2016 3:23:06 PM

May 20, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Stories of K-12 centered on segregation in schools and supporting low-income students. Diversity, affordability, and college pathways made headlines in higher ed.

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

The New York Times Features Cooke Prize Honoree's Accomplishments

Posted by Amber Styles on May 16, 2016 11:54:38 AM

In his Sunday column for The New York Times, Frank Bruni describes the efforts towards diversity that earned Amherst College the foundation's Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college access, college admissions, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

$1 Million Cooke Prize Recipient Announced

Posted by Amber Styles on May 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

Amherst College Gets $1 Million Cooke Prize for Admitting, Supporting and Graduating Outstanding
Low-Income Students

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Amherst College in Massachusetts is the 2016 recipient of a $1 million prize awarded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said today.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, college success, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

May 13: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on May 13, 2016 3:42:39 PM

May 13, 2016–Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Achievement gaps and disagreements over addressing them are burning topics in K-12. Funding higher education is a challenge, but there are a few bits of good news this week.

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Topics: low income, Community college, college cost, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Harold Levy on College Access and the Cooke Prize

Posted by Amber Styles on May 10, 2016 4:20:27 PM

In a new opinion piece published by Fox News, Executive Director Harold O. Levy addresses the barriers to college access for bright, low-income students and spotlights the Cooke Prize finalists who are changing admissions and support practices on their campuses.

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Topics: low income, college access, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize

Getting Smart Features Nara Lee's Scholarship and College Pathway Tips

Posted by Amber Styles on May 9, 2016 1:02:11 PM

In a new blog for Getting Smart's GenDIY series (short for Generation Do-It-Yourself), the Cooke Foundation's manager of outreach Nara Lee shares detailed advice for college-bound students. Lee's experience as an educational adviser, application reviewer, and scholarship recruiter contribute to her insider's perspective on applying for scholarships, avoiding scams, and producing strong essays.

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Topics: tips for college application, funding college, college search resources, Scholars, college success, JKCF in the News

May 6: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on May 6, 2016 4:14:10 PM

May 6, 2016Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Funding issues and inequalities from kindergarten through college were the major focuses of conversations this week.

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

Harold O. Levy Recommends Alternatives for Maintaining Diversity

Posted by Amber Styles on May 3, 2016 2:13:37 PM

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

April 29: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 29, 2016 2:28:15 PM

April 29, 2016— Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. New articles explore the various impacts money makes in school districts. College is becoming less affordable in most states, and institutional and governmental policies could do more to support low-income students.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

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