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Media Release: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Awards $4 Million to 17 Exemplary Organizations

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Apr 29, 2014 12:05:00 PM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded over $4 million to 17 organizations across the nation that have shown excellence in their fields of work and share the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that high-achieving, low-income students are academically inspired and challenged during school, after school, and in the summers.

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Topics: Media Release, grants, Widening the Stage

Study: Music Strengthens the Brain

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What made Jack Kent Cooke destined for greatness? Whittling that down to one answer may be a fool’s errand, but history suggests that music—an abiding love of Mr. Cooke’s—set forth at least one bridge to success. And now science may suggest the same.

In this article, Education Week highlights the findings of multiple studies that suggest music training and performance strengthens a student’s cognitive development, especially in the areas of creativity, decision-making, and complex memory.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, research, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

Long Read: Narrowing the Excellence Gap

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 17, 2014 1:20:00 PM

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Young Scholars, funding college, college fit, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, low income, high achieving, financial need, college access, Good Neighbor Grants, college success, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, college choice, college decision, Talent Development Award, excellence gap

Widening the Stage: Colburn School Welcomes Inaugural Class

Posted by Heather Reams on Jul 26, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Less than a year after receiving a $250,000 grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Widening the Stage for Musically Talented Youth program, the Colburn School welcomed its inaugural class of Herbert Zipper Scholars.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, students, grants, Grantee Spotlight, Widening the Stage, musicians

Grantee Spotlight: From the Top & Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Posted by Heather Reams on Jul 24, 2013 11:15:00 AM

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and From the Top are proud supporters of today’s talented youth and seek to provide them the necessary resources to succeed. The NPR hit program, From the Top, gives young musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents on a live, nationwide radio broadcast as a part of their National Radio Taping Tour, with an audience of more than 700,000 listeners.

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Topics: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Scholars, students, programs, grants, Grantee Spotlight, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

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