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Cooke Chronicle: Hungry Learners & Student Moms

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 22, 2017 4:58:22 PM

September 22, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. New research shares powerful impacts for low-income students in K-12 and early education. Coverage of higher ed focuses on supporting diverse needs.

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Topics: Transfer students, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Widening the Science Talent Pipeline for Underserved Students

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on Aug 30, 2017 1:50:02 PM

Projections show that STEM careers will grow to over 9 million by 2022, and it’s about time that students from low-income backgrounds become part of the equation. 

For over 75 years, the Society for Science & the Public has sought to spark a passion for science, scientific research, and STEM education in the minds of young people around the world. In recent years, the Society has increased its focus on diversifying the STEM pipeline by launching a program to engage underrepresented students in science research and advanced science competitions.

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Topics: high achieving, high school, grants, Grantee Spotlight, excellence gap, STEM

Cooke Chronicle: Understanding Equity & Obstacles for Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 7, 2017 3:15:06 PM

July 7, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Articles cover how K-12 leaders plan to close the Excellence Gap and spotlight affordability, food insecurity, and other challenges for college students with financial need.

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Topics: Scholar News, college cost, excellence gap, gifted programs, JKCF in the News, First Generation

Cooke Foundation Announces Five Finalists for $1 Million Prize

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on Apr 25, 2017 11:22:05 AM

Five universities – Brown University; Rice University; Stanford University; the University of California, Berkeley; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – are finalists for the $1 million Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence.

The prize is the largest award in the nation recognizing a college making strides in enrolling low-income students and supporting them to successful graduation. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will select one of the universities to receive the prize in May, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy said in announcing the finalists.

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Topics: funding college, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, college access, excellence gap, JKCF in the News, Cooke Prize, achievement gap

Reinvesting in Others: Cooke Scholar Neveen Mahmoud

Posted by Marc Linmore on Apr 6, 2017 3:45:40 PM

Neveen Mahmoud, a member of one of the first cohorts of Cooke Scholars, has always been looking for ways to reinvest her education in others.  

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Scholar News, College Scholarship, low income, Video, college access, College Scholar, excellence gap, College Scholars

Cooke Chronicle: Understanding the budget & addressing financial need

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 17, 2017 2:17:07 PM

March 17, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Pundits, lawmakers, and interest groups across the political spectrum shared their views on the “skinny budget” proposal. Food and housing insecurity, the Excellence Gap, and financial aid were discussed among the higher ed community. Subscribe here to receive the Cooke Chronicle each week in your inbox.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017 Cooke Young Scholars Program! High-achieving 7th graders with financial need are encouraged to apply for this unique scholarship. Tell a talented student to start an application today!

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Topics: financial need, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,

Cooke Chronicle: New federal regulations & challenges for students

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 24, 2017 11:01:58 AM

Feb. 24, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Coverage focused on new federal regulations affecting DACA and transgender students. Two new reports highlight financial challenges for low-income college students.

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Topics: low income, excellence gap, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

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

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

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

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