Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Amber Styles

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Reflecting on 2016 and the Challenges Ahead

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 18, 2017 1:07:12 PM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enters our 17th year more dedicated than ever to creating opportunities for talented students with financial need.

As we do so, it is helpful to reflect on some of the recent accomplishments we will continue to build upon. Here are 10 endeavors pursued by the Cooke Foundation in 2016:

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Topics: Scholars, Event, grants, alumni

Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 13, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 13, 2017 4:14:58 PM

Jan. 13, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. The Trump administration’s transition was a popular topic, along with improvements to college access.

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Topics: college access, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Semifinalists for Nation’s Largest Transfer Scholarship Announced

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 12, 2017 2:48:13 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has selected 597 top community college students from across the nation as semifinalists to compete for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive scholarship will provide up to 60 low-income students with as much as $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges and universities.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholarship Announcement, Community college

Cooke Chronicle: Jan. 6, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 6, 2017 3:52:51 PM

Jan. 6, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Free college and supporting the nation’s low-income college students dominate the headlines this week. Several organizations and experts make additional policy recommendations for the new administration and education leaders.

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Topics: college cost, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, True Merit

Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 23, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 23, 2016 11:27:36 AM

Dec. 23, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Education research provides strategies for socioeconomic equity in the K-12 years, and higher ed experts call for continued improvements to admissions and financial aid.

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Topics: Scholar News, low income, research, college admissions, JKCF in the News

Honoring Vassar's model of Higher Ed Equity under President Cappy Hill

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 20, 2016 12:05:29 PM

During her time as president of Vassar College, Catharine "Cappy" Hill led the institution into becoming a more socioeconomically diverse campus.

"Vassar is one of a relatively small number of selective higher education institutions that have proven that income-driven educational inequality does not have to stay with us," writes Executive Director Harold O. Levy in a commemorative issue of Vassar's alumni magazine.

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Topics: college access, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 16, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 16, 2016 2:19:38 PM

Dec. 16, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Investing in students pays off, and advocates in both the K-12 and higher ed realms encourage support for high-achieving students with financial need.

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Topics: high achieving, college choice, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 9, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 9, 2016 4:13:59 PM

Dec. 9, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. International test scores reinforce the need to continue improving supports for high-achieving students with financial need. Higher ed stories focus on affordability and student support.

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

Cooke Chronicle: Dec. 2, 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 2, 2016 4:15:23 PM

Dec. 2, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Scholars discuss improving diversity and accountability for talented K-12 students with financial need. Higher ed supports for undocumented and under-served students were also popular topics.

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Topics: Scholar News, gifted programs, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Making an Impact: Cooke Scholar Ethan Ambrose

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 23, 2016 12:32:29 PM

Ethan proved that he could think big, work hard, and achieve during his high school years. After being awarded the Cooke College Scholarship earlier this year, he continues to apply that determination to his neurobiology studies at Harvard University.

"I want to be the sort of doctor that looks to make healthcare accessible for all," says Ethan. "I realize that there's so many inequities ... leveling that playing field is something that I definitely want to do."

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholars, Video, Scholarship Recipients

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