Dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers the largest scholarships in the U.S., as well as comprehensive counseling and other support services to students from 8th grade through graduate school.
As part of this mission, the Cooke Foundation is accepting applications from outstanding 7th-grade students with financial need for its annual Young Scholars Program. From eighth grade through their senior year of high school, Young Scholars receive a personal academic and college counselor, funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year, internship and study-abroad opportunities, and educational resources, including books and technology. In addition, Cooke Young Scholars often go on to receive Cooke College Scholarships worth up to $40,000 a year, while many have received Cooke Continuing Graduate Scholarships worth up to $50,000 a year for four years.
Up to seventy students will be selected to begin the Young Scholars Program when they start eighth grade in September. To be eligible, applicants must have earned mostly As in school since sixth grade, with no grades of C in English, math, science, or social studies. They also must live and attend high school in the United States or a U.S. territory.
Over the past three years, the average annual family income of Young Scholars has been $30,000. Almost all Young Scholars come from families with annual incomes below $60,000. Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.
For complete program guidelines, a fact sheet, and application instructions, see the JKCF website.