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Cooke Scholars Celebrate College Signing Day 2017

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on May 9, 2017 2:53:14 PM

After months of applying and waiting, the time has finally come for high school students across the nation to commit to the college or university of their dreams. And as part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, our staff and scholars celebrated National College Signing Day last Friday.

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Topics: Event, college choice, College Scholars

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

Highlights from our 2016 Cooke Alumni Summit

Posted by Larry Thi on Nov 3, 2016 2:34:09 PM

In October, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation hosted 95 Cooke Scholar Alumni at our biennial alumni summit in San Francisco. The group showed up to the event ready to reconnect with their fellow scholars and participate in various sessions centered on the theme of "Connecting Vision & Action".

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Topics: Scholars, Event, alumni

Oct. 21: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 21, 2016 3:19:14 PM

October 21, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Media outlets offer different takes on national graduation rates, and colleges consider a variety of ways to support underserved students.

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Topics: College Tour, Event, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Secretary of Education John King Speaks to Cooke Scholars

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 4, 2016 2:24:01 PM

Each summer, our new and returning scholarship recipients gather near the foundation's Virginia headquarters for Scholars Weekend. We were honored to have Secretary of Education John King deliver this year's keynote address celebrating the leadership of this talented and high-achieving community.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, College Scholarship, Scholars Weekend, Video, Event

Cooke Conversation: Faith Culhane and the Power of Spoken Word

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 18, 2016 12:55:01 PM

Cooke Scholar Faith Culhane knows not to put limits on what she can achieve. After attending Valencia College and receiving our Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2015, Faith is now majoring in medical anthropology and political science at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Additionally, she is a pediatric nurse and legal intern working with the undocumented population in central Florida.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Video, Event, Cooke Conversations

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

New Cooke Young Scholars Learn to Think Big at Welcome Weekend 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 30, 2016 4:18:16 PM

Last weekend, the Cooke Foundation brought together all 70 of our new Cooke Young Scholars and their families to the Johns Hopkins University campus. These rising high school freshman enter the Young Scholars Program as our fifteenth cohort, and traveled from all over the nation to join us for Welcome Weekend.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholars, Event, Welcome Weekend, Young Scholars Program

Top 10 Moments of Our 2016 Closing the Excellence Gap Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 2, 2016 1:43:37 PM

Last week, we hosted our second Closing the Excellence Gap Summit with CLASS Coalition in Washington, D.C. The event brought together 100 principals from top-performing STEM and magnet public high schools to discuss ways to better serve low-income, high-achieving students and strengthen the school-to-workforce pipeline.

We've compiled some of our favorite images and social media posts to illustrate the two-day summit that brought attendees to advocate in Congressional offices, share ideas in small breakout groups, and meet with leaders in educational access. Notable speakers included Eric Waldo, Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative; the Honorable Chris Lu, the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor; and Governor Jack Markell of Delaware.

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Topics: low income, high achieving, Event, college access, excellence gap

Cooke Foundation and CLASS host second annual Excellence Gap summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 25, 2016 2:39:37 PM


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Topics: high school, Event, excellence gap

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