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Nation’s Largest College Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 14, 2017 12:14:55 PM

LANSDOWNE, Va. – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation today announced that it is accepting applications for its College Scholarship Program, the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation, through November 14. Students selected as Cooke Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year for four years of study, as well as opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding.

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Topics: College Scholarship, Scholarship, students, application, Media Release, Video, high school

Cooke Chronicle: Strong School Communities

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 31, 2017 4:47:59 PM

August 31, 2017 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Strong community partnerships and school services were discussed, with a focus on Houston students.

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Topics: students, college choice, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News, Harold Levy

Community College Students — Apply Now for Our Transfer Scholarship!

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 24, 2017 12:14:35 PM

Major Scholarships Now Available to Help Community College Students Transfer to Four-Year Schools

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Offers Prestigious, $40,000 Scholarships to High-Performing Community College Students with Financial Need

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, students, application, Media Release, Community college, Video, Transfer students

July 15: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 15, 2016 1:00:00 PM

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Topics: Scholar News, students, college cost, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Harold O. Levy in Fox News: Averages Ensure Only Average Possibilities

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 27, 2016 4:48:56 PM

It turns out that one size doesn't fit all. In a new opinion piece for Fox News, our executive director describes how education's focus on averages (such as with test scores) often relegates teachers to "teach to the middle" of the class. Levy writes:

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Topics: students, low income, excellence gap, JKCF in the News

Educators: Recommend a 7th Grader for our Young Scholars Program!

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 24, 2016 11:28:26 AM

We've been grateful to exchange ideas for closing the Excellence Gap with teacher leaders, counselors, and administrators and now we're calling on you again. In pursuit of our mission to support high-achieving students with financial need, we select a cohort of seventh graders each year for our Young Scholars Program.

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Topics: Young Scholars, students, Young Scholars Program

Application Period Opens for Largest Scholarship for High-Achieving Community College Students

Posted by Christine Florence on Oct 15, 2015 3:47:54 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its prestigious Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the nation’s largest private scholarship for high-achieving community college students from low-income backgrounds who seek to transfer to a selective four-year institution. Cooke Scholars will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at any four-year accredited college or university.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, students, low income, high achieving, Media Release, Community college

ESEA Proposals are Critical to Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

Posted by Amber Styles on Sep 21, 2015 12:40:15 PM

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Highlights ESEA Proposals Critical to Low-Income, High-Achieving Students

Urges Congress to maintain these policies in final reauthorization legislation

LANSDOWNE, VA – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Executive Director Harold Levy today issued the following statement urging Congress to maintain key provisions affecting the success of low-income, high-achieving students in the final Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization legislation:

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Topics: students, low income, high achieving, Media Release

Cooke Scholars reflect on Beating the Odds Summit

Posted by Amber Styles on Jul 29, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Last week, five Cooke Scholars headed to the White House to connect with educational leaders at the Beating the Odds Summit. Hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Reach Higher initiative, this summit brought together 130 college-bound, high school graduates to participate in panels and discussions designed to prepare them better for their academic journeys.

Current Cooke Scholars Myles McMurchy (Dartmouth College) and Merilin Castillo (Harvard University) helped facilitate one of the summit's sessions with Cooke Foundation staff. Three rising Cooke Scholars—Dawit Gebre, Emily Janis, and Isaac Guerrero who also represented The Opportunity Network—attended the summit's sessions with other recent high school graduates invited to attend.

We asked them to share their reflections and memories of this inspirational event with us.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, students, college readiness, Event, excellence gap

JKCF Grantee Belin-Blank Lays Foundation for STEM Program

Posted by Astrik Tenney on Jun 4, 2015 8:56:18 AM

In January, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded the Talent Development Award to the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa to implement the STEM Excellence and Leadership program. The Cooke Foundation’s Talent Development Award recognizes exemplary practices that transform high-potential, economically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students into high achievers, thus narrowing the “excellence gap” – the disparity in the percent of lower-income versus high income student who reach advanced levels of academic performance.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, students, programs, Talent Development Award, excellence gap, STEM

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