Cooke Foundation Announces 2017 Graduate Scholarship Recipients

Cooke Foundation Announces 2017 Graduate Scholarship Recipients

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in Lansdowne, Virginia, has announced the recipients of its 2017 graduate scholarships.

Each of the fifty-three students, all of whom are previous recipients of Cooke Scholarships, will receive up to $200,000 each over four years to pursue graduate education. The scholarship program is designed to help high-achieving students bridge the gap between their means and the cost of graduate education, which averages roughly $30,000 a year at public universities and $40,000 a year at private universities. Drawn from a competitive pool of candidates who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and financial need, this year's class of Cooke Graduate Scholars are continuing their studies in a range of fields, including law, medicine, business, education, social work, and the fine and performing arts, at universities in the United States and abroad. 

According to the foundation, a number of the recipients previously received Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer scholarships, which help high-achieving community college students with exceptional academic qualifications and life experience transfer to four-year programs. One of them, Sean Moore, was a first-generation college student at the County College of Morris in New Jersey who, with the help of a Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship in 2013, transferred to Yale University. This fall, Moore is enrolled at the University of Oxford, Lincoln College, where he is studying for a master's degree in criminology and criminal justice.

For a complete list of the Cooke Foundation's 2017 Graduate Scholars, see the Cooke Foundation website.

"New Scholarship Unlocks Graduate Education for Cohort of High-Achieving Scholars." Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Press Release 10/11/2017.