Selected on the basis of academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, service to others, and leadership, a hundred and six high-achieving high school seniors with financial need will receive up to $40,000 a year for up to four years to study at the nation's top colleges and universities. In addition to tuition support, Cooke College Scholars receive extensive educational advising support, access to a network of scholars and alumni who can help facilitate their transition to college and career development, and internship and study abroad opportunities.
This year, more than fifty-five hundred students applied for the scholarship opportunity.
"We know that when high-achieving students with financial need are able to enroll in selective institutions, they are just as likely as their more affluent peers to be academically successful and graduate," said Seppy Basili, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. "The foundation is committed to ensuring that financial obstacles aren't a barrier to opportunity."
For a complete list of the 2019 Cooke College Scholars, see the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.