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Oct. 28, 2016: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Amber Styles on Oct 28, 2016 5:02:42 PM

October 28, 2016 – Here’s our weekly roundup of education news you may have missed. Where a student attends high school affects graduation rates and college attendance, but should universities rely on such predictors? Articles this week examine new findings.

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Topics: Young Scholars, high school, Transfer students, Friday Roundup,, JKCF in the News

Meaningful Life & Learning: Thoughts from Cooke Scholar Abigail McFee

Posted by Amber Styles on Aug 23, 2016 11:45:55 AM

Abigail McFee was a 2009 recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, and was additionally awarded the Cooke College Scholarship in 2013. She is currently a senior at Tufts University, where she majors in English Language and Literature/Letters and writes for JUMBO, the Tufts admissions magazine. In this piece, Abigail reflects on how access to educational opportunities allows living and learning to be entwined.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, College Scholarship, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

New Cooke Young Scholars Learn to Think Big at Welcome Weekend 2016

Posted by Amber Styles on Jun 30, 2016 4:18:16 PM

Last weekend, the Cooke Foundation brought together all 70 of our new Cooke Young Scholars and their families to the Johns Hopkins University campus. These rising high school freshman enter the Young Scholars Program as our fifteenth cohort, and traveled from all over the nation to join us for Welcome Weekend.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholars, Event, Welcome Weekend, Young Scholars Program

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Ann Hollingsworth

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 12, 2016 5:01:48 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars 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. Today's conversation features Cooke Scholar Ann Hollingsworth.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Young Scholars Program, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Shaun Zhang

Posted by Amber Styles on Apr 5, 2016 1:17:06 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars 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. Today's conversation features Cooke Scholar Shaun Zhang.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, alumni, Young Scholars Program, Cooke Conversations

Cooke Conversation: 5 Questions with Karen Cruz

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 22, 2016 1:30:58 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars 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.

My name is Karen Cruz, and I am twenty-two years old. I was born and raised in Mexico until I moved to the United States at the age of eight. In 7th grade, I took the SAT as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and later that year I became a Young Scholar at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. I attended Greenhill School and went on to Yale University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health in 2015. While at Yale, I was also an Italian major, a cheerleader, a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity, and a medical interpreter at the Haven Free Clinic. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America, and I currently teach Physics and Environmental Systems at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in Dallas, Texas.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, College Scholar, alumni, Cooke Conversations

Video Spotlight: Nathan Miller on Learning to Think Big

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 17, 2016 4:15:57 PM

"Throughout high school, I learned to make opportunities for myself, to think big."

Cooke Scholar Nathan Miller's experiences in our Young Scholars Program allowed him to explore his evolving interests and paved his pathway to our $40,000 per year College Scholarship Program.
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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Scholars, Video, College Scholar, Young Scholars Program

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

Young Scholars Program Webinar: Recap and Resources

Posted by Amber Styles on Feb 18, 2016 12:17:09 PM

Last month, we welcomed the start of a new year and the opening of our Young Scholars Program application! We've been connecting with students, families, educators, and community leaders to share information about this pre-college scholarship and educational advising opportunity for talented seventh-grade students with financial need.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Tips, Webinar, Young Scholars Program

Two Young Scholars Share Tips for the Cooke edX Challenge

Posted by Amber Styles on Jan 21, 2016 1:00:57 PM

While we prepare for the launch of our 2016 Young Scholars Program application, ambitious seventh-grade students can already give themselves an edge by taking an edX online course. Most of the five selected courses for our second Cooke edX Challenge have already begun and all of them are free to join. Find the list of courses and information about special consideration in the application process here.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Scholar accomplishment, Young Scholars Program, Cooke edX Challenge

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