Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (Graduate)

From 2002 through 2009, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provided some of the nation’s most exceptional college graduates with up to $300,000 each in support for graduate or professional study.

Sponsor: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


During the eight years of this program, with the help of review panels comprised of distinguished faculty and university admissions officers, we selected nearly 400 outstanding students from among several thousands of applicants.  We continue to provide support to these students as they complete their graduate studies.  We are deeply grateful for the work of our partner institutions in nominating these remarkable individuals for this award and providing the Foundation with the opportunity to build a community of talented Jack Kent Cooke Scholars.

The Foundation, like other endowed institutions, experienced significant financial losses in 2008 and early 2009, and as a result, we faced difficult choices regarding the future of some of our programs.

In August 2009, we announced that, going forward, we will award new graduate scholarships only to students who have received an undergraduate scholarship from the Foundation.  The Foundation offers two types of undergraduate scholarships: an undergraduate transfer scholarship is for exceptional students with financial need transferring from a two-year college to a four-year college and a college scholarship for students graduating from the Foundation’s Young Scholars Program. These students have all come through rigorous selections processes and the Foundation seeks to further advance their educational endeavors as they pursue graduate study.  All of our undergraduate scholarship recipients are, therefore, eligible to apply for a one-time award of up to $50,000 to support their graduate or professional studies.

The Foundation’s decision does not affect any current Jack Kent Cooke Scholars who have already received a graduate scholarship from us.



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