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Cooke Chronicle: Multimillion-dollar Partnership Will Expand Educational Access

Posted by Kate Featherston on May 19, 2017 12:06:22 PM

May 19, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Proposed Trump administration budget cuts to the Education Department are revealed in greater detail; the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the College Board announce a multimillion-dollar partnership to make college more accessible for low-income and rural students; and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to reveal a new proposal to help parents afford private school tuition for their children.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar News, financial need, college readiness, From the Top, Friday Roundup,, education news, achievement gap, SAT, Education Budget Cuts, College Board, Federal Education Budget, Betsy DeVos, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Cooke Young Artist Wins Top Honors at International Piano Competition

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 16, 2016 4:47:58 PM

Oscar Paz-Suaznabar, who received our Cooke Young Artist Award in 2015, competed in the prestigious VII Chopin International Piano Competition last week. We are excited to learn that he was awarded Grand Prix in the "Junior" category -- congratulations, Oscar!

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Topics: grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award

JKCF Celebrates 10 Years and $2 Million in Scholarships with From the Top

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Nov 19, 2014 4:39:00 PM

On October 24, 2014, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians broadcast weekly on NPR, celebrated their mutual 15th anniversaries as well as their 10-year partnership, with a reception and a live performance at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Topics: grants, From the Top

JKCF College Scholar Featured in HBO Documentary

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Nov 17, 2014 4:47:00 PM

Last month, HBO aired this segment of their Family Documentary Special on Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell. The piece highlights Bell’s experience with the National YoungArts Foundation and films the renowned musician as he mentors and performs with nine young string musicians in New York and London.

One of the nine is former Young Scholar and 2012 College Scholar Anna Litvinenko, an outstanding cellist from Florida.

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Topics: Young Scholars, College Scholarship, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

From the Top Casting Call for DC Show

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 23, 2014 2:30:00 PM

From the Top, the popular weekly music series on NPR supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, is coming to DC!

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Topics: Arts, From the Top, Young Artist Award, musicians

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Composes Score for 1921 Keaton Film

Posted by Anthony Baracat on May 1, 2014 2:16:14 PM

Each year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation partners with From the Topa nonprofit organization that encourages and celebrates the commitment of young people to music and the arts, airing performances on NPR—to advance the careers of young classical musicians. From the Top’s Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Program provides 20 outstanding young musicians who demonstrate financial need with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. 

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Topics: College Scholarship, Arts, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, musicians

April 18, 2014: Articles We're Reading This Week

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Apr 18, 2014 1:54:51 PM

This week we're reading about our new Scholars and grantees. We are very happy to share some of the many and wonderful articles that caught our attention.

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Topics: Scholar News, Scholars, Community college, grants, Good Neighbor Grants, From the Top, College Scholar, Friday Roundup,

Study: Music Strengthens the Brain

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What made Jack Kent Cooke destined for greatness? Whittling that down to one answer may be a fool’s errand, but history suggests that music—an abiding love of Mr. Cooke’s—set forth at least one bridge to success. And now science may suggest the same.

In this article, Education Week highlights the findings of multiple studies that suggest music training and performance strengthens a student’s cognitive development, especially in the areas of creativity, decision-making, and complex memory.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, research, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

Grantee Spotlight: From the Top & Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Posted by Heather Reams on Jul 24, 2013 11:15:00 AM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top are proud supporters of today’s talented youth and seek to provide them the necessary resources to succeed. The NPR hit program, From the Top, gives young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents on a live, nationwide radio broadcast as a part of their National Radio Taping Tour, with an audience of more than 700,000 listeners.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Scholars, students, programs, grants, Grantee Spotlight, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

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