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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

August 5: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 5, 2016 1:51:45 PM


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Topics: low income, college access, Friday Roundup,, 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

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Krysti Scotti

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 6, 2016 3:00:46 PM

We're continuing our series of Cooke Scholar profiles by interviewing high-achievers from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group!

This week, we caught up with Kristen (Krysti) Scotti to learn more about the SpaceICE Mission project she leads and her advice for other students considering a career in STEM.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Scholar Spotlight, Scholar accomplishment, STEM, Cooke Conversations

April 22: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 22, 2016 3:29:48 PM

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Topics: Scholar News, college access, STEM, JKCF in the News

April 15: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 15, 2016 1:57:35 PM

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Topics: college admissions, gifted programs, Friday Roundup,, STEM, JKCF in the News

How Do We Redefine STEM to Empower More Future Leaders?

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 18, 2015 10:15:44 AM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is always looking to support new and innovative programs that engage highly talented secondary school students, especially those from low-income backgrounds who cannot afford the tuition and related costs of these opportunities or whose local communities do not offer such programs.

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Topics: Video, Event, STEM

Building the New STEM Workforce: Livestreaming Discussion Today!

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 9, 2015 12:22:27 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold O. Levy will be participating in a panel discussion hosted by the Global STEM Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The event will be livestreamed at the NYAS website today at 4:00 p.m. EST.

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Topics: Event, grants, STEM

JKCF Grantee Featured in Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Jul 27, 2015 4:51:53 PM

Fun comes in many different forms, and for high-achieving students, a rigorous summer program is the kind of challenge they love and need. High-quality summer learning programs can spark student curiosity and passion, augment academic achievement, nurture intellectual peer support, and influence educational and career trajectories. Yet, such programs remain out of reach for many low-income, high-achieving youth who cannot afford the tuition and related costs of residential programs or whose local community does not offer a program specifically geared toward such students. Since 2012, Cooke Foundation’s support enabled William and Mary to provide an extraordinary opportunity to over 160 talented low-income students in the Williamsburg area. Over two weeks at Camp Launch, students tackle academic challenges, experience college life, make new friends – it’s a unique experience, and for many, life-changing. It’s an opportunity that allows students to dream big, work hard, and achieve.

While their peers enjoy the summer sun, a group of rising seventh- and eighth-grade students are spending part of the summer learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Topics: Grantee Spotlight, STEM, JKCF in the News

Cooke Foundation Awards $100,000 to Close the Excellence Gap in STEM

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jul 22, 2015 2:38:47 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – Low-income students often lack the guidance and support needed to submit successful entries to scientific research competitions, a critical milestone for students intending to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is piloting a new program to recruit teachers, counselors, and scientists to become advocates for these students and help close the Excellence Gap, the disparity between the numbers of low- and high-income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. Thirty to 50 low-income students will participate in the program’s first year.

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Topics: Media Release, excellence gap, STEM

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