Large Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship (JKC)

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of nearly 3,000 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

who should apply?high-achieving high school seniors with financial need
eligible grade levelsseniors
awardvaries based on cost of attendance + financial aid from the college. Max is $55,000
opensSept. 1, 2021
deadlineNov. 18, 2021, 11:59 PM local time
decisions releasedsemifinalist: Jan. 2022
recipients: April 2022
selectivity61 students last year (amount each year varies)

application requirements

  • graduate from a US high school in spring 2022
  • intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2022
  • earn a cumulative UW GPA of 3.5 or above
  • demonstrate unmet financial need (applicants with family income up to $95,000 will be considered)

application process

apply through the Common App

  • complete Common App general requirements, including counselor + 2 teacher recommendations (one must be a core subject 11th grade teacher)
  • eligibility screening
  • four short essays (125 words each)
  • activities and honors
  • intended major
  • financial information

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