The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which runs one of the country’s most competitive private scholarship programs, has opened its Graduate Scholarship Program to graduating seniors and recent alumni from any accredited college or university in the US.
Previously, the competition was open only to students from or attending school in Virginia, Maryland and D.C. With the change, college seniors at more than 2,000 accredited institutions in the U.S., and alumni who have graduated from those institutions since May 1999, may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years.
“We are looking for a select number of exceptional students and recent alumni who might otherwise be burned with staggering debt, if they could afford graduate school at all,” said Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, the Foundation’s executive director. “It is important not only for these individuals, but also for the leadership they will bring to their professions and communities that the costs of graduate school not deter them from pursuing their boldest dreams.”
The Foundation plans to award as many as 35 scholarships in July of 2004 for use during the 2004-2005 academic year, and will renew the award in subsequent years based on performance. Recipients may use the award at any accredited university. A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in selecting scholars. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution. The faculty representative for Frostburg State University is Dr. Ann Bristow. She can be reached at 301-687-4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials are available on the Foundation’s Web site, www.jackkentcookefoundation.org or by calling 1-800-498-6478.
The Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. It focuses in particular on individuals with financial need. The Foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001 and now funds 93 recipients with awards totaling more than $2 million annually. The Foundation has received approximately 900 applications for these awards each year, and expects that number to grow substantially now that institutions across the country can nominate candidates.