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Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 29, 2015 1:37:14 PM

Throughout our fifteenth year, the Cooke Foundation persisted to shine light on the challenges high-achieving students with financial need encounter in furthering their education. Sharing new research with advocates, providing tips and resources for students, and coordinating engaging events were some of our favorite memories – and among the most popular posts on our blog!

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Scholars, Event

Happy Holidays from the Cooke Foundation!

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 23, 2015 11:30:11 AM

All of us at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation are grateful to have shared the past fifteenth anniversary year with so many talented Cooke Scholars and our dedicated education and community partners. We look forward to announcing exciting initiatives in the upcoming New Year – until then, best wishes for the holiday season!

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF

Cooke Foundation Welcomes Young Scholars

Posted by Christine Florence on Jul 30, 2015 11:21:10 AM


Scholars sign their cohort banner at the end of Welcome Weekend 2015.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through its Young Scholars Program, the Cooke Foundation has to date supported 600 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.
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Topics: Young Scholars, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, educational advisers, Scholars, high school, Welcome Weekend, Young Scholars Program

Cooke Scholars Profiled in Community College Daily

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 18, 2015 10:20:02 AM

Cooke scholarships transform lives

It took Shannon Connor, 48, a long time to realize her dream of college, and she had to overcome many obstacles along the way. But once she enrolled in Seminole State College of Florida, she excelled.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF in the News

Delaware Online: JKCF Discusses The Excellence Gap In Delaware

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 15, 2015 2:20:22 PM

Don’t forget talented, lower-income students

By Harold O. Levy

As one of the first two states and just 11 overall to be awarded a “Race to the Top” grant by the U.S. Department of Education, Delaware’s public schools have transformed in the past five years.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, excellence gap

Yale-Bound Cooke Scholar Minh Nguyen Featured in The Oregonian

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 11, 2015 4:37:42 PM

'Amazing' Portland high school student wins two of nation's top full-ride scholarships

Minh Nguyen, who will graduate from David Douglas High on Thursday, won not one but two of the nation's most prestigious full-ride scholarships.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Scholar accomplishment, College Scholar, JKCF in the News

JKCF Executive Director Harold Levy Featured In The Atlantic

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 10, 2015 1:00:39 PM

The SAT: A New Core Subject in Schools?

By: James S. Murphy

Last week, two major education companies unveiled a set of resources that they've pledged will help all kids—rich or poor—succeed on the SAT. After decades of denying the value of test prep, the College Board, which administers the SAT, is now promoting interactive, high-quality training materials, including drills keyed to students’ abilities and instructional videos. The materials were developed by Khan Academy, the free, online education company used by more than 15 million students globally; all the content was written or approved by the College Board itself. And they are, like Khan Academy, completely free.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Deeneaus Polk Receives German Chancellor Fellowship

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 9, 2015 4:45:04 PM

Jack Kent Cooke 2008 Undergradutae Transfer Scholar Deeneaus Polk has been selected for the German Chancellor Fellowship. Polk  transferred from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to University of Mississippi and graduated from University of Mississippi in 2011 with a B.A. in International Studies. This article originally appeared on Ole Miss News.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, alumni

JKCF Excellence Gap Report and Grantee Featured in Washington Post

Posted by Marc Linmore on Jun 8, 2015 2:54:55 PM

Over the weekend, The Washington Post recognized the efforts of D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and D.C. Public Schools to provide more and better advanced instruction opportunities to public school students. The district was graded an F for its initiatives to serve gifted low-income students in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s recent state report card, as the article’s author Michael Alison Chandler points out, so we are pleased to read about the district’s new endeavors to better serve students who are underrepresented in gifted education. 

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

U.S. News and World Report: Excellence Gap Hurts National Security

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 5, 2015 2:49:00 PM

Lack of STEM Students Is Bad for National Security

As students make their decisions about which colleges to attend and contemplate their eventual majors and careers, it may come as a surprise that their decisions are fundamental to our national security.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, research, STEM, JKCF in the News

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