Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

Website: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is a new undergraduate scholarship program available to high-performing high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best 4-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 4 years for undergraduate studies.

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


To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

  • Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2016.
  • Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2016.
  • GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Test Scores – Receive standardized test scores in the top 15%: SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above.
  • Income – Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.




Learn more about the application process, and access the online application at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/how-to-apply/#How%20do%20I%20apply


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established in 2000 through the will of prominent businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke.  A self-made billionaire, Mr. Cooke described himself as “an indomitable optimist” who always had a will to succeed.  In his own life, Mr. Cooke overcame financial obstacles to achieve tremendous success.

When he died in 1997, Mr. Cooke left the bulk of his fortune to establish a foundation dedicated to supporting individuals of exceptional promise – those who work hard, stay focused, and defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high achievement.

Millions of low-income students in the United States meet these criteria, but are largely underserved from the time they enter elementary school through post-secondary education.

Since opening its doors, the Foundation's programs have provided support to thousands of high-achieving, low-income students through the prestigious Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for graduate and undergraduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that provide challenging opportunities to these exceptional students. 

Contact Information

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
44325 Woodridge Parkway
Lansdowne, Virginia 20176
Email:  scholarships@jkcf.org
Phone:  1-855-509-5253

Fax: 703-723-8030