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Making College Affordable: New Report Calls For Greater Transparency In Financial Aid Practices

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 9, 2017 8:36:53 AM

Low-income students are eight times less likely to earn a college degree than their higher-income peers

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Topics: Media Release, Video, research, college success

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

September 23: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 23, 2016 1:25:38 PM

September 23, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. School district, state, and federal leaders reaffirm their commitments to helping talented, low-income students access challenging high school courses. Media stories on higher ed focus on the need for improving graduation rates and other support for students with financial need.

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Topics: financial aid, high school, college success, Friday Roundup,

Maximize Your Impact: The Best Moments of Scholars Weekend 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 4, 2016 3:35:51 PM

Each summer, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation hosts new and returning Cooke Scholars near our Lansdowne, Virginia headquarters. At Scholars Weekend, new recipients get to know one another and experience a full dose of the Cooke Scholar community while they attend sessions on college and professional success. We've collected some of our favorite memories that scholars shared this past weekend from across social media.

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Topics: Scholars, Scholars Weekend, Event, college success

June 3: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 3, 2016 2:30:50 PM

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

$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

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

Harold Levy Speaks with Kavitha Cardoza About "Lower Income, Higher Ed"

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 23, 2015 9:54:13 AM

WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza’s “Lower Income, Higher Ed” audio documentary was a wakeup call to many in the higher education sphere. Part of the investigative Breaking Ground series, Cardoza shares the story of a high-achieving student beginning and then dropping out of college just months after stepping foot on campus. The documentary is interspersed with surprising statistics about the unique obstacles that first-generation and low-income students encounter when they begin as college freshman.

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Topics: low income, college success, JKCF in the News

Harold Levy Discusses First-Generation College Student Fears

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 17, 2015 10:01:21 AM

The Cooke Foundation's executive director, Harold Levy, provided insight in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article into the struggles and stigmas encountered by first-generation college students. In addition to the stress of being a freshman at a new campus, the entire college experience is completely new to these students and their families.

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Topics: low income, college success, JKCF in the News

The Hechinger Report Profiles Cooke Scholar Marjada Tucker

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 8, 2015 5:01:49 PM

Marjada Tucker is a Cooke Scholar entering her sophomore year at Rice University. In addition to academic pursuits, she has dedicated her time to creating the College Readiness Program for high school students in her hometown. Using funds awarded from her Cooke Foundation internship stipend, Marjada chose to provide program supplies to the students she mentors in Starkville, Mississippi.

Read the full article in The Hechinger Report.

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Topics: college success, College Scholar, JKCF in the News

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