The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. To that end, the foundation offers the largest educational scholarships in the U.S., comprehensive counseling, and other support services to students from middle school to graduate school.
As part of this mission, the Cooke Foundation is accepting applications from outstanding seventh-grade students with financial need for its annual Young Scholars Program. From eighth grade through their senior year of high school, Cooke Young Scholars are provided with 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, Young Scholars often go on to receive Cooke College Scholarships worth up to $40,000 a year.
Up to fifty 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, and live and attend high school in the United States or one of its territories.
To be eligible, applicants must currently be in seventh grade; reside in and plan to attend high school in the U.S. or one of its territories; have earned mostly As (with no Cs in core academic subjects) during sixth and seventh grade; have a family adjusted gross income of less than $95,000; and be willing to participate in multi-week residential summer programs, including two required Cooke scholar programs after eighth grade and their junior year of high school.
For complete program guidelines, a fact sheet, and application instructions, see the JKCF website.