The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2018 Cooke College scholarships, which provide up to $40,000 per year to high-achieving high school seniors for four years of study at an accredited college or university.
In addition to the cash award, Cooke College Scholars will receive comprehensive educational counseling from JKCF staff to guide them through the transition to campus and preparing for a career; opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school; and connections to a network of twenty-three hundred Cooke Scholar alumni.
This year, more than five thousand students applied to the program. Submissions were evaluated based on individual students' academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Engineering, political science and government, biological science, and physics are the most popular fields of study among this year's recipients.
"High-achieving students with financial need are often deterred from applying to elite colleges and universities," said JKCF executive director Harold O. Levy. "And yet, the research clearly shows that when they are able to enroll in selective institutions, lower-income students are just as likely as their wealthier peers to be academically successful and graduate. We look forward to supporting Cooke College Scholars as they matriculate to universities such as Stanford, Yale, and Harvard."
For a complete list of this year's Cooke College Scholars, see the JKCF website.