The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation The Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. By offering the largest scholarships in the country, comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 7th grade to graduate school, the Foundation is dedicated to ensuring high-performing, low-income students have the support necessary to develop their talents and excel educationally. In addition to its scholarship programs, the Foundation provides grants for innovative, high-impact initiatives that benefit such students. By doing so, the Cooke Foundation seeks to use its resources to end the Excellence Gap, the disparity between the number of low and high income students who reach the top levels of academic performance. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants. www.jkcf.org

In its second annual impact report, the American Talent Initiative shares that ATI-eligible institutions are more than 4...
02/20/2020
Research & Publications | American Talent Initiative

In its second annual impact report, the American Talent Initiative shares that ATI-eligible institutions are more than 40% of the way toward the goal of enrolling an additional 50,000 students with financial need by the year 2025.

ATI also outlines four features common among the most successful institutions:

1. Committing to a comprehensive strategy at the leadership and board level, with the investment of resources to support it
2. Moving beyond traditional pipelines of incoming students
3. Prioritizing need-based aid
4. Ensuring that all students are set up to thrive on campus

Read the full report:https://americantalentinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ATI-Impact-Report_Feb-2020_Expanding-Opportunity-for-Lower-Income-Students.pdf

ATI publishes research papers that detail promising and proven strategies for increasing educational opportunities and success for low- to moderate-income students.

Our weekly rundown of education news is here! Read about innovative initiatives to improve college experience and build ...
02/14/2020
College Experience & Rural Excellence Gaps - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Our weekly rundown of education news is here! Read about innovative initiatives to improve college experience and build connections to faculty. In K-12, geography brings challenges to AP access and success.

Innovative initiatives to improve college experience and build connections to faculty. In K-12, geography brings challenges to AP access and success.

We're excited to share that 68 current Cooke Young Scholars have been accepted into the College Scholarship Program!Thes...
02/12/2020
68 Cooke Young Scholars Accepted into College Scholarship Program - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

We're excited to share that 68 current Cooke Young Scholars have been accepted into the College Scholarship Program!

These high-achieving students each entered the Cooke Young Scholars Program during their 8th grade year. Now, they will receive the organization’s comprehensive educational advising and financial support as Cooke College Scholars.

The Foundation is currently seeking applications for the next cohort of its Cooke Young Scholars program. High-performing 7th graders have until March 23, 2020 to apply to this five-year, pre-college scholarship: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/2020-cooke-college-scholars-young-scholars/

These current Cooke Young Scholars will continue to receive the Foundation’s educational advising and financial support as Cooke College Scholars.

Here's what we're reading this week! 💡 Innovative methods for identifying advanced learners in K-12👩‍🎓 The high potentia...
02/07/2020
Recognizing Community College Talent & Identifying Advanced Learners - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Here's what we're reading this week!

💡 Innovative methods for identifying advanced learners in K-12

👩‍🎓 The high potential of community college students

💸 Scholarship opportunities for middle schoolers

Read more in the Cooke Chronicle: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/recognizing-community-college-talent-identifying-advanced-learners/

Innovative methods for identifying advanced learners. National organizations and local media spotlight the high potential of community college students.

Congratulations to Cooke Scholar Alum Peter Dugan on this amazing and well-deserved accomplishment! The news is made onl...
01/24/2020

Congratulations to Cooke Scholar Alum Peter Dugan on this amazing and well-deserved accomplishment! The news is made only sweeter when it’s a partnership with our long time grantee From The Top! 🙌

Repost @peterduganpiano

I’m so excited and honored to share this news with you all! The young musicians of NPR’s From the Top inspire me and give me hope for the future. I’m thrilled to be joining this amazing organization along with a brilliant team of co-hosts and creatives. Read the full press release in bio. @npr @nprmusic @fromthetopfans #NPRsFromtheTop #fttalumni #piano #radio #host

#JKCF #CookeScholars #ThinkBig #WorkHard #Achieve

Meet the 2020 Cooke Transfer Scholar Semifinalists!These 456 high-achieving community college students are preparing to ...
01/23/2020
Prestigious Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Announces 2020 Semifinalists - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Meet the 2020 Cooke Transfer Scholar Semifinalists!

These 456 high-achieving community college students are preparing to transfer to some of the best four-year institutions in the country and complete their bachelor’s degrees.

Meet the 456 Cooke Transfer Scholar Semifinalists, selected from nearly 1,500 community college students nationwide who applied for this scholarship.

Across the country, public schools consider new approaches to identifying and serving advanced learners. Higher ed looks...
01/17/2020
High-Achieving Students & Equitable Education Offerings - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Across the country, public schools consider new approaches to identifying and serving advanced learners. Higher ed looks at equity and basic needs.

Here's what we're reading this week about the issues affecting high-achieving students: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/cooke-chronicle-high-achieving-students/

Across the country, public schools consider new approaches to identifying and serving advanced learners. Higher ed looks at equity and basic needs.

We are thrilled to announce that our own Ricshawn Adkins Roane was accepted to the Council on Foundations's Career Pathw...
01/16/2020

We are thrilled to announce that our own Ricshawn Adkins Roane was accepted to the Council on Foundations's Career Pathways leadership program: http://www.cof.org/career-pathways

We look forward to integrating new insights into the philanthropic investments and thought leadership that Ms. Adkins Roane leads at the Foundation.

7th graders — apply now to the Cooke Young Scholars Program!This competitive scholarship provides high-achieving student...
01/13/2020
Prestigious Cooke Young Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications Through March - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

7th graders — apply now to the Cooke Young Scholars Program!

This competitive scholarship provides high-achieving students with comprehensive educational advising from 8th through 12th grade, as well as financial support for both academic and extracurricular opportunities, including summer programming, internships, and music and arts classes.

Every year, about 50 Cooke Young Scholars who demonstrate curiosity, passion, and drive are chosen from a pool of over 2,000 applicants.

Deadline: March 23, 2020 at noon ET.

Learn more about the program and start your application: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/apply-now-2020-cooke-young-scholars/

7th grade students — apply now to be a Cooke Young Scholar! The deadline for this scholarship is March 23, 2020 at noon ET.

Here's what we're reading this week: https://bit.ly/2FFETOF💡 New initiatives across the country focus on increasing equi...
01/10/2020
Financial Need, Geography, & Educational Equity - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Here's what we're reading this week: https://bit.ly/2FFETOF

💡 New initiatives across the country focus on increasing equity in K-12 education.

📈 Higher education news shines light on the need to improve outcomes for rural students, women in STEM, and students with financial need.

Ideas for increasing equity in K-12 education. Higher ed seeks to improve outcomes for rural students, women in STEM, and students with financial need.

“It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when there are more people in your college classroom than who live in your rural commu...
01/09/2020
Providing Enrichment Opportunities for Rural Alaskan High Schoolers

“It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when there are more people in your college classroom than who live in your rural community.”

In recognition of this challenge, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation recently made a grant to RAHI - Rural Alaska Honors Institute to provide high-achieving students in rural communities with access to a summer enrichment program designed to prepare students — academically and emotionally — for college life.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/providing-enrichment-opportunities-rural-alaskan-high-giuseppe-basili

University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Foundation

For some students from rural communities, the transition from high school to college can be jarring — even beyond the usual challenges such a transition poses for most 18-year-olds. As one student in Alaska put it, “It’s natural to feel overwhelmed when there are more people in your college cl...

In many under-resourced rural high schools, high-achieving students can lack access to the advanced coursework and flexi...
01/07/2020
Improving Flexibility for Rural Students

In many under-resourced rural high schools, high-achieving students can lack access to the advanced coursework and flexible classrooms that enable them to progress at a faster pace.

Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth partners with high schools to offset these disadvantages by providing accelerated learning opportunities for their talented students.

Dr. Tamra Stambaugh explains that versatility is fundamental to program design: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/improving-flexibility-rural-students-giuseppe-basili

In many under-resourced rural high schools, high-achieving students can lack access to the advanced coursework and flexible classrooms that enable them to progress at a faster pace. Vanderbilt University’s Programs for Talented Youth partners with high schools to offset these disadvantages by prov...

Wishing you a merry and bright holiday season! Our office will be closed after December 24 until January 2. We look forw...
12/23/2019

Wishing you a merry and bright holiday season!

Our office will be closed after December 24 until January 2. We look forward to sharing another year with the Cooke Scholar community — we know you'll continue to think big, work hard, and achieve in 2020!

- Should high-achieving students attend separate schools or classrooms?- How is higher education adapting to enrollment ...
12/20/2019
Understanding & Supporting High-Achievers - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

- Should high-achieving students attend separate schools or classrooms?

- How is higher education adapting to enrollment changes?

- What are best practices for serving students in rural areas?

Here's what we're reading this week: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/understanding-supporting-high-achievers/

Articles discuss how to provide enriched learning experiences in K-12, and higher ed is adapting to enrollment changes and the diverse needs of students.

Cooke Young Scholars Joanna and Keenya share a passion for studying topics like philosophy and mathematics:
12/18/2019
Two Chicago Charter School Students Named Cooke Young Scholars

Cooke Young Scholars Joanna and Keenya share a passion for studying topics like philosophy and mathematics:

With help from High Jump, two talented young women from Chicago charter schools have been selected as Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars.

12/17/2019
Scholar Thank-a-thon

Last week we held our first “thank-a-thon” to show our appreciation for our scholars and their families.

#JKCF #CookeScholars #Inspiration #Gratitude

This past week we were fortunate enough to have six of our wonderful Cooke Scholar Alums visit us and share more about t...
12/14/2019

This past week we were fortunate enough to have six of our wonderful Cooke Scholar Alums visit us and share more about their work and life experiences. Thank you to Adrianne, Jose, Melissa, Samantha, Seth, and Veda for taking time out of your busy schedules to enrich and inspire us!

#JKCF #CookeScholars #ThinkBig #WorkHard #Achieve #Inspiration

Policies on dual enrollment and school funding make headlines in K-12, and higher education policymakers focus on financ...
12/13/2019
Financial Aid, School Funding, & College Access - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Policies on dual enrollment and school funding make headlines in K-12, and higher education policymakers focus on financial aid.

Here's what we're reading this week about the issues affecting high-achieving students: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/financial-aid-school-funding-college-access/

Policies on dual enrollment and school funding make headlines in K-12, and higher education policymakers focus on financial aid.

It’s been so great seeing all the alum and scholar get togethers from coast to coast this semester. Excited for what’s t...
12/10/2019

It’s been so great seeing all the alum and scholar get togethers from coast to coast this semester. Excited for what’s to come in 2020!

#JKCF #CookeScholars #ThriveTogether #MondayMotivation

“There’s been a push lately for understanding what equity and inclusion actually means. Now we’re asking: How do we make...
12/09/2019
Alan Royal Promotes Equity and Inclusion to Help Scholars Succeed - TCU Magazine

“There’s been a push lately for understanding what equity and inclusion actually means. Now we’re asking: How do we make education truly equitable socioeconomically, racially and ethnically?” says Alan Royal, Senior Program Manager at the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
https://magazine.tcu.edu/fall-2019/alan-royal-jack-kent-cooke-foundation-mentor/

The alumnus mentors young students as they pursue higher education and careers.

📈 Outcomes from state higher education policies show promise for supporting students with financial need. 👩‍🎓 In K-12, a...
12/06/2019
Equitable Practices for Gifted Identification & College Admissions - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

📈 Outcomes from state higher education policies show promise for supporting students with financial need.

👩‍🎓 In K-12, articles cover identification and enrichment for advanced learners.

Here's what we're reading this week: https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/equitable-practices-for-gifted-identification-college-admissions/

Outcomes from state higher ed policies show promise for supporting students with financial need. In K-12, articles cover identification and enrichment.

“You have to address the needs of teachers in identifying and working with more high-achieving students. There’s no shor...
12/04/2019
Identifying Gifted Students in Rural Iowa

“You have to address the needs of teachers in identifying and working with more high-achieving students. There’s no shortcut, no substitute,” says the Belin-Blank Center's Dr. Susan Assouline.

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education at the University of Iowa doesn’t just focus on identification, they also train teachers across the state to better assess the needs of high-achieving rural students.

Read more about best practices from the Center and other rural education programs supported by the Foundation:

Across America, rural students tend to be under-identified for advanced education opportunities. At the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, we know that talented students exist in all communities.

What's it like to be a Cooke Scholar?“It makes you want to work hard to ensure that we produce a world where people not ...
11/26/2019
Inspired by Mom and Supported by the Cooke Foundation, Summer Allison '23 Begins Her Hollins Adventure - Hollins

What's it like to be a Cooke Scholar?

“It makes you want to work hard to ensure that we produce a world where people not only have economic opportunity but also academic opportunity. I love my Cooke community."

Keep thinking big, Summer!

The personal journey that ultimately brought Allison to Hollins would not have been possible without the mother who “invested the idea in me that education is by far the most important thing to achieve,” and the organization established by businessman Jack Kent Cooke that is devoting millions of...

"We have gifted kids here — they’re just not performing at their potential because of barriers."That's the mindset Dr. M...
11/25/2019
Honoring Talent in Native American Communities

"We have gifted kids here — they’re just not performing at their potential because of barriers."

That's the mindset Dr. Marcia Gentry recommends for identifying talented students in rural areas.

Dr. Gentry, director of Purdue Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute, created the HOPE scale for assessment. Since 2011, the Institute has run Project HOPE+ for talented Diné, Lakota, and Ojibwe Native American students from rural communities in Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

Learn more about Project HOPE+ and other best practices for identifying and supporting talented rural students: www.linkedin.com/pulse/honoring-talent-native-american-communities-giuseppe-basili

Talent often is masked by isolation and poverty. For that reason, the Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute at Purdue University recommends casting a wide net when working to identify talented rural students.

Highly-effective school counselors and well-designed college access programs can greatly influence the success of indivi...
11/22/2019
Effective Pathways to College Access and Completion - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Highly-effective school counselors and well-designed college access programs can greatly influence the success of individual students.

Other noteworthy articles this week focus on impactful rural education programs and new College Scorecard data:

Highly-effective school counselors and well-designed college access programs can greatly influence the success of individual students.

Rural schools often struggle to hire and keep well-qualified teachers — especially in subjects like physics and chemistr...
11/21/2019
Bringing Advanced Placement to the Delta

Rural schools often struggle to hire and keep well-qualified teachers — especially in subjects like physics and chemistry.

It’s difficult to entice talented teachers to move to remote areas, and when they do join rural schools, they are often quickly lured away to larger, better-funded schools.

In Mississippi, the Global Teaching Project works with The Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access to bring subjects like AP Physics into rural high schools.

Rural schools often struggle to hire and keep well-qualified teachers — especially in subjects like physics and chemistry. It’s difficult to entice talented teachers to move to remote areas, and when they do join rural schools, they are often quickly lured away to larger, better-funded schools.

Building deep relationships with teachers, administrators, and community members is essential for any organization that ...
11/18/2019
Saying Yes to Opportunity in Appalachia

Building deep relationships with teachers, administrators, and community members is essential for any organization that seeks to serve rural students.

That's how Young Eisner Scholars expanded its highly-successful academic support program to Boone, NC.

When YES Scholars decided to take its highly-successful academic support program to rural Appalachia, it quickly learned that serving students well depended on building deep relationships with teachers, administrators, and community members. “[Educators] don’t just know the kids,” says Rebecca...

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation has also provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. www.jkcf.org

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