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Cooke Chronicle: Feb. 17, 2017

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 17, 2017 1:49:12 PM

Feb. 17, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. College-level courses in high school present challenges and opportunities for school districts. Strong academic programming, community college transfer success, and changes to DACA were also popular topics this week.

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Topics: Scholar News, grants, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Cooke Foundation Awards $350,000 in Academic Grants

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 16, 2017 12:28:06 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced $350,000 in grants to three programs in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C., to provide academic enrichment opportunities for outstanding low-income students.

“Too often, low-income parents can’t afford to send their high-achieving children to rigorous academic programs outside of school,” said Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy. “These grants will make it possible for many extraordinary students to participate in such programs, furthering their education and better preparing them for college.”

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Topics: low income, Media Release, grants, STEM

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

Report Commemorates 16 Years of Scholarships, Grants, and Research

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 6, 2016 4:00:39 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today published a report summarizing its first 16 years of operation. The report details how the foundation has provided over $152 million in scholarship assistance to nearly 2,200 high-achieving students from low-income families and over $90 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.

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Topics: Scholarship, JKCF, Media Release, programs, grants

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

New School District and State Commitments Could Change Narrative for Underserved Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 21, 2016 2:22:30 PM


WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2016 -- Today, 75 school district, state, and federal officials convened to announce new partnerships and commitments, and to discuss and celebrate ground-breaking results. Local and state superintendents were recognized by White House Cabinet Secretary and My Brother's Keeper Taskforce Chair Broderick Johnson at the dinner celebration, hosted by Equal Opportunity Schools and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

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Topics: Media Release, high school, grants

Grant Applications Sought from Education Nonprofits in DC Area

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 15, 2016 12:00:34 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is taking applications for Good Neighbor Grants, ranging from $10,000 to $35,000, from nonprofit organizations that operate programs serving students with significant financial need in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, Good Neighbor Grants

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

Announcing the 2016 Good Neighbor Grant Recipients

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 21, 2016 11:43:50 AM


LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced $150,000 in Good Neighbor Grants to seven nonprofit organizations that provide academic and arts enrichment programs serving more than 3,600 students in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. The one-time grants range from $10,000 to $35,000 each.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, Good Neighbor Grants

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

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