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Hoping to score a scholarship? Here's how to spend your summer!

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 10, 2016 5:05:02 PM

Relax, recharge and have some fun, but be sure to squeeze in these four tasks before summer ends! You'll have less stress when you're balancing homework, applying to college, and searching for scholarships this fall.

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, high school, college access, high school juniors

In The Huffington Post, Harold O. Levy Calls for Celebrating Scholars

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 1, 2016 12:00:12 PM

In his latest op-ed for The Huffington Post, Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy explores the dichotomy between recognition of student athletes and their academically talented peers.

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Topics: high school seniors, high achieving, college admissions, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Community Celebrates College Signing Day

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 3:36:11 PM

Yesterday, we joined First Lady Michelle Obama and her Reach Higher initiative to celebrate National College Signing Day. As high school seniors commit to their colleges, the First Lady wanted to make sure there is plenty of fanfare, both online and at the Harlem Armory in New York City, where 4,000 students gathered to commemorate College Signing Day. 

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Topics: Higher Education Scholars, high school seniors, Scholars, college decision

Baltimore High School Senior Kathy Le Receives Cooke College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 22, 2016 12:14:22 PM

Earlier this week, members of the Cooke Foundation staff had the pleasure of notifying another College Scholarship Program recipient in person. Kathy Le is a senior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute (Poly) whose research on genetic mutation led her to be named a semifinalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search. 

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

Surprise Scholarship Announcement for High School Senior Ethan Ambrose

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 18, 2016 5:03:07 PM

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, Scholarship Recipients, College Scholar

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

3 Tips for Getting Great Recommendations

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 24, 2015 4:23:34 PM

You’ve worked through the toughest assignments and made the right grades, but applying to colleges and for scholarships can be a challenge for even the brightest students. Luckily, there's no need to be intimidated by reaching out to a teacher for a recommendation letter! You can make your request easy and enticing with these three steps:

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Topics: high school seniors, tips for college application, Tips, high school

Share Your College Goals with #BetterMakeRoom

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 19, 2015 4:16:55 PM

At the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we know the power of a supportive community. That's why we're thrilled to partner with First Lady Michelle Obama's Better Make Room campaign and celebrate high-achieving students and your educational goals with a supportive community.

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Topics: high school seniors, high achieving, college access

5 Ways to Share Info on the Cooke College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 22, 2015 12:00:09 PM

Now that the Cooke College Scholarship Program application has launched, we want to ensure that high-achieving students with finanacial need have a chance to apply before it's too late. Help us spread the word with these five simple steps!

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Topics: College Scholarship, high school seniors, application

9 Tips For Scheduling Your Senior Year of High School

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Feb 18, 2015 3:32:35 PM

Many high schools begin scheduling students’ senior year classes during the winter of their junior year. Since it will be the most important year for your college applications, you should focus on making the best possible schedule.

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Topics: high school seniors, tips for college application, Tips, college readiness

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