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Young Scholars Program

Academic Enrichment and Scholarship Program
for USA High-Performing Middle School Students

GrantWatch ID#: 180069
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

02/22/17

04/05/17 12:00 PM Noon EST

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Academic guidance program and a potential college scholarship of up to $40,000 per year to USA and territories high-performing middle school students who demonstrate financial need to achieve their academic potential. An information session is scheduled for February 22. Application guide sessions are scheduled for March 8 and 22. Application guides for teachers and counselors are scheduled for March 15 and March 16.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

From eighth grade through senior high school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:
-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
-Educational resources including books and technology

The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities.

The Young Scholars Program, a selective 5-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing middle school students with financial need, is the largest scholarship of its kind in the nation. It provides individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year College Scholarship.

The Cooke Foundation assigns each Young Scholar an on-staff educational adviser who works closely with the student and his or her family to guide them and oversee the educational opportunities the Cooke Foundation provides throughout high school.

Support for each student is tailored to his or her unique goals, strengths, and interests and may include:
-Assistance identifying a challenging high school and a suitable academic course load
-Tuition for high school, summer enrichment programs, and supplemental academic classes
-Lessons to develop music, art, or other talents
-Study abroad and community service opportunities
-A computer and software
-Networking opportunities with a high-achieving peer community
-A pathway to the Cooke Foundation’s up to $40,000 per year College Scholarship

Each year, the Cooke Foundation selects Young Scholars from a nationwide applicant pool based on
-High academic ability and achievement
-Demonstrated financial need
-Drive and persistence
-Leadership
-Desire to help others

Young Scholars come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout the United States. Many Young Scholars are the first in their family to pursue college education.

With the assistance of a panel of national experts, the Foundation will select Scholars using these criteria:

High academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and strong recommendations from teachers. The Foundation considers grades, achievement test scores, and participation in available honors or advanced courses, as well as critical and creative thinking, curiosity, and commitment to learning.

Financial need: Annual family income under $95,000.The average family income of entering Young Scholars is approximately $30,000. In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.

Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.

Leadership: Ability to take initiative, influence others, and serve as a positive role model in and out of school (can include family, community, school, church, etc.).

Service to others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.

This program provides a pathway to the Cooke Foundation’s up to $40,000 per year College Scholarship.

The Young Scholars Program is a 5-year pre-college program.

To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program:

-You must be entering 8th grade in the fall of 2017.
-You must have earned grades of all or mostly As in school with no Cs or below in your core academic subjects (English/language arts, math, science, social studies/history) since the beginning of 6th grade.
-You must be able to submit scores from a standardized test taken within the last two years.
-Your family’s income must not exceed $95,000. The average family income of entering Young Scholars is approximately $25,000. In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.
-You must reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.

Applicants are invited to attend the live webinar on eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and key dates. Cooke Foundation staff will answer attendee questions and share best practices and tips for the application process. Several dates and times are available.

Information Sessions for Students and Families:
Attend an online webinar in which staff will explain in further detail the Young Scholars Program’s eligibility requirements, selection criteria, and key dates. Staff will also answer any questions you have about the process and the program. Parents, guardians, and students are especially encouraged to attend to learn about best practices and tips for the application process.

Upcoming session:
-Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

Application Guide for Students and Families:
Attend an online webinar in which staff will review the application components and provide guidance on how to submit the best application possible. Staff will also answer questions you have about the process and the program. Parents, guardians, and students are especially encouraged to attend to learn about best practices and tips for the application process.

Upcoming sessions:
-Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM EST
-Wednesday, March 22 at 6:00 - 7:00 PM EDT

Application Guide for Teachers and Counselors:
Attend an online webinar in which staff introduce the program and scholarship, and share valuable information for recommenders and school counselors on the online application forms required to support applicants to the scholarship. Staff will also answer questions you may have about the process and the program.

Upcoming sessions:
-Wednesday, March 15 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT
-Thursday, March 16 at 12:00 - 1:00 PM EDT

More information regarding webinars may be found here: https://outreach.jkcf.org/ys_2017_webinars/?utm_campaign=2017_YS_Outreach&utm_medium=Webinar_Button&utm_source=Website

The application is now open. All materials must be submitted by the deadline on April 5, 2017 at 12:00 PM (noon) EST.

Finalists will be notified in early Fall.

Application Instructions: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/how-to-apply/

FAQ: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/young-scholars/faqs/

College Ranking are available at: http://www.barronspac.com/

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online: https://outreach.jkcf.org/ys_2017/?utm_campaign=2017_YS_Outreach&utm_medium=Button&utm_source=Website

Register to attend the Information Session Webinar for Students and Families: http://bit.ly/2ikucpX

Register to attend the Application Guide Webinar for Students and Families: http://bit.ly/2igXF0H

Register to attend the Application Guide Webinar for Teachers and Counselors: http://bit.ly/2igLAbZ

Direct application inquiries to:
800-941-3300
scholarships@jkcf.org

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, VA 20176

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