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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.