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Text "College" to 44044 Now! A note from Cooke Scholar Dennis Murphy

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 22, 2016 2:34:29 PM

To everyone who still dreams about continuing your education after high school, text “COLLEGE” to 44044 right now. Here’s why.

Many of you are about to start that first great step toward the career of your dreams. I know I’m working towards that myself – and I also know that my college education has been crucial to getting me here. President Obama has made it a top priority to increase college attendance and completion rates across the country. Supporting this work, First Lady Michelle Obama recently launched Up Next, a Better Make Room messaging campaign that gives students free personalized support on everything you need to get to college and graduate – all through texting.

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Topics: Scholar News, tips for college application, low income, college access

Getting Smart Features Nara Lee's Scholarship and College Pathway Tips

Posted by Amber Styles on May 9, 2016 1:02:11 PM

In a new blog for Getting Smart's GenDIY series (short for Generation Do-It-Yourself), the Cooke Foundation's manager of outreach Nara Lee shares detailed advice for college-bound students. Lee's experience as an educational adviser, application reviewer, and scholarship recruiter contribute to her insider's perspective on applying for scholarships, avoiding scams, and producing strong essays.

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Topics: tips for college application, funding college, college search resources, Scholars, college success, JKCF in the News

Our Top 10 College Application Month Tips

Posted by Amber Styles on Dec 2, 2015 5:13:00 PM

Last month, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation celebrated National College Application Month by posting The Comprehensive Guide to Crush #CollegeAppMonth on our blog and sharing daily tips on social media. We were so encouraged by the amount of positive engagement from college-bound students, supportive counselors, and access organizations that we want to ensure the most noteworthy nuggets are easy to find!

These are the top ten tips that resonated most with our followers on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter:

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Topics: tips for college application, application, college access, tip

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

Is Your College Scholarship Application ready for Tomorrow's Deadline?

Posted by Amber Styles on Nov 2, 2015 12:10:15 PM

The Cooke College Scholarship Program application is due tomorrow, and we want to make sure yours is ready to submit. Here's a quick checklist of all the steps and materials that must be submitted before the application closes Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.

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Topics: College Scholarship, tips for college application, application

Nara Lee's Top 3 Tips for Maximizing Your Financial Aid

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 13, 2015 11:47:06 AM

Presenters from the NSPA panel on Broadening Scholarship Opportunities for Underrepresented Students. From left: Caroline Harper, UNCF; Yvonne Berumen, HSF; Nara Lee, JKCF; Glenn Milewski, College Board; and Cecilia Marshall, APIASF.

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Topics: tips for college application, funding college, financial aid, Tips, application, college access, college cost

Our Scholars Share Favorite Benefits of the Cooke College Scholarship

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 7, 2015 11:54:46 AM

It's application season! We know that managing a calendar of deadlines for colleges, scholarships, and regular school assignments can be rigorous, especially when you're not sure exactly what will happen after you hit the submit button.

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Topics: College Scholarship, tips for college application, Scholars Weekend, College Scholar

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

Getting Great Letters of Recommendation

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 18, 2014 4:04:00 PM

Securing great letters of recommendations can be critical for college applications (especially selective schools), jobs, and other opportunities. A good letter of recommendation should offer qualitative information about you that grades and test scores cannot. It should give insight into your talents and personality, and make you seem like a can’t-miss prospect. It is best that these letters are sent by your recommenders confidentially.

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Topics: tips for college application, Tips, application, college admissions

December is Crunch Time for College Applications!

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Dec 1, 2014 4:12:01 PM

So you’re a high school senior and it’s December. No doubt your classes have been challenging, you’ve spent a lot of time with extracurricular activities, there have been many special senior-year events, and some of you are likely working on to top of all of that.

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Topics: tips for college application, application

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