The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's mission is to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation believes that all exceptionally talented students who have financial need will excel academically when given the resources to develop their talents.

Current Opportunities for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Young Scholars Program

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: April (The application opens in January and closes in April)
Description: The Foundation's Young Scholars Program is designed to nurture exceptional students who have demonstrated, through academic excellence and extracurricular activities, that they have the potential to excel. Students apply for the program in 7th grade, enter the program in 8th grade, and continue through high school.

The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.

The Young Scholars Program application is available to students only during their 7thgrade year. The application opens in mid-January and closes in April. The applications are reviewed April through August, and final notifications are made in early fall of the applicant’s 8th grade year. 

Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: December 15, 2023
Description: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a selective four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: November 03, 2023
Description: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies.

Contact Information

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176