Selected on the basis of academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership, the eighty Cooke Scholars will receive up to $40,000 a year for four years for college costs not covered by other financial aid, as well as academic advising, internship stipends, study-abroad experiences, and networking opportunities. Hailing from twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia, this year’s Cooke Scholars were selected from among fifty-one hundred applicants with a median family income of $31,000.
"Our scholarships have enabled extraordinarily talented students from families with modest incomes to attend top colleges and universities and graduate with honors," said JKCF executive director Harold O. Levy. "These scholarships are an investment in a better and more prosperous future not just for our scholars but for our nation, because America will benefit for decades to come from the career achievements of Cooke Scholars."