Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

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

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

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

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

Announcing the Five Finalists for the $1 Million Cooke Prize

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 12, 2016 11:10:44 AM

FIVE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES FINALISTS FOR $1 MILLION COOKE PRIZE: AMHERST, DAVIDSON, POMONA, RICE AND STANFORD

LANSDOWNE, Va. – Five colleges and universities are finalists for the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence, which goes to a selective college or university with an excellent record of admitting, supporting and graduating outstanding low-income students. The finalists are: Amherst College in Massachusetts; Davidson College in North Carolina; Pomona College in California; Rice University in Texas; and Stanford University in California.

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Topics: college admissions, excellence gap, Cooke Prize

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