Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
"For more than a decade, the NSPA has provided the Cooke Foundation with a community of peers from which to learn and grow. We have fostered connections with other scholarship providers, brought back new ideas from the annual conference, and reached out to colleagues as we sought to continually improve our programs." – Harold Levy, Executive Director
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides exceptionally high-performing students who have financial need the largest scholarships in the country. Because the Foundation believes that high-performing, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation offers them support from middle school to graduate school by providing “last dollar” scholarships of up to $40,000 per year, in-depth academic counseling, and other direct services. The Foundation also provides grants to prominent initiatives that support high-performing, low-income students with innovative programming.
The Foundation is developing a range of new strategies to attract more qualified applicants to its scholarship programs, expand the use of technology in college advising, and help close the “excellence gap,” the disparity between academic achievement at the top end of the ability distribution and low-income students. Some recent projects include a partnership with the College Board to expand outreach efforts to identify high-achieving, low-income students, as well as a partnership with EdX, an online joint venture between Harvard University and MIT, to identify advanced middle school students using challenging MOOCs (massive open online courses).
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation and is among the largest scholarship foundations in the country. Founded in 2000, the Foundation has awarded more than $125 million in scholarships to 1,800 students and $79 million in grants.
For more information, visit www.jkcf.org.