Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Bringing History to Life Through Arts Enrichment

Posted by Stacey DaBaldo on Sep 12, 2017 10:39:31 AM

Dominion Trail Elementary students participate in a Cooke Foundation-funded Bluemont assembly in February 2017. (Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now)

If you’ve ever turned on music to escape, listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, or sang the ABC’s, you know that music teaches us something.

School assemblies are a staple in elementary schools, providing valuable enrichment opportunities outside the classroom. However, funding a musical artist or performing arts troop for multiple assemblies is not an easy expense for public schools on a limited budget.

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Topics: financial need, Arts, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants, music education

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

High Expectations: How LINK Unlimited Supports Chicago Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 13, 2017 11:55:37 AM

Together with the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA), the Cooke Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 NPEA/Cooke Foundation Award for Excellence in Educational Access. For the second year, we are sponsoring this award to recognize an NPEA member organization, program, or school with a $5,000 monetary award for excellence in supporting underrepresented students on the path to and through college.

Below, we speak with last year's recipient of the award, LINK Unlimited Scholars, to learn about their comprehensive programs for supporting economically disadvantaged African American students in Chicago. After 50 years of service, LINK has thoughtful insights to share with other mentorship and scholarship programs.

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Topics: low income, college access, Grantee Spotlight

Traveling Players Ensemble: Where Theater Meets Adventure

Posted by Jennifer Krasilovsky on Sep 27, 2016 1:09:05 PM

“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts…”

-William Shakespeare

Take a stroll through Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, Virginia during the height of the summer and you may stumble upon Shakespeare’s Puck frolicking through the woods, or Snow White and the Evil Queen exchanging an apple by the lake. Off to the side, you might find a woman in modern dress sitting on a tree stump mending a Renaissance gown. These are the members of Traveling Players Ensemble, a local theater school that offers acting classes throughout the year in addition to several camps over the summer.

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Topics: Arts, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

One Selective High School LIFTs Students Up with Enrichment Program

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Sep 12, 2016 3:43:50 PM

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is one of six inaugural recipients of the foundation’s Selective Public High School grant program. The foundation’s grant of $99,744 is supporting a program titled Learning through Inquiry, Fellowship, and Tutoring (LIFT) over the period of two years beginning in June 2015.

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Topics: low income, high school, Grantee Spotlight, STEM

Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM): Nurturing the Love of Math

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Jul 13, 2016 1:19:19 PM

How many integers between 1000 and 9999 have four distinct digits? This is one example of what students in Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics program (BEAM) are tackling over the summer. And they love it! BEAM aims to create pathways for underserved students to become scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. Andy, a participant in the 2013 summer program, says of his summer experience at BEAM: “I learned to love math’s beauty.”
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Topics: grants, Grantee Spotlight, STEM

Do Schools Prioritize Counselors and College Access?

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 31, 2016 4:23:07 PM

This week, The 74 Million published a headline that gave many college access advocates pause for concern: “Data Shows 3 of the 5 Biggest School Districts Hire More Security Officers Than Counselors.” You can read the education news site's full article here.

Matt Barnum is The 74 Million’s policy and research editor who authored the analysis. “I was interested in this because there has been a lot of discussion about school discipline and school-to-prison pipeline issues, but not many hard numbers on how districts are investing in both proactive and reactive strategies,” he informed the Cooke Foundation. “I think the data starkly highlights, at least by this one measure, different districts' priorities.”

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Topics: high school seniors, low income, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight, excellence gap, True Merit

Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra "PREPs" Musicians to New Levels

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Dec 3, 2015 1:57:12 PM

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Topics: grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

Expanding AP/IB Access at the White House Next Gen High School Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 10, 2015 9:22:47 AM

Today the White House is convening teachers, administrators, researchers, industry and philanthropic leaders from across the country committed to redesigning high school education and making the high school experience more innovative and inclusive of students from all backgrounds. One of the Cooke Foundation’s grantees, Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS),will not only be participating in the first ever Next Generation High School Summit, it will also announce a new Lead Higher initiative to help one state become the first in the U.S. to fully reflect its diversity in the Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses taken in its K-12 schools.

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Topics: high school, college access, grants, Grantee Spotlight

Grantee Spotlight: Journey Through Hallowed Ground

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Oct 20, 2015 9:46:09 AM

While primarily a scholarship provider, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation identifies and invests a portion of its funding in strategic grant initiatives to expand educational opportunities throughout the United States as well as in our local region. The foundation’s Good Neighbor Grants program provides us with the opportunity to partner with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the Northern Virginia, metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Maryland areas that are helping students with significant financial need reach their full potential through education. Since 2012, the foundation has supported 32 organizations through grants between $10,000 and $35,000 who have used it to provide unique educational experiences and services for thousands of students in our area.

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Topics: low income, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Good Neighbor Grants

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