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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces 2003 Graduate Scholarship Competition

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced its second annual competition for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship Program.

The program is offered for college seniors in or from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who plan to pursue a graduate or professional degree and who show evidence of the character Jack Kent Cooke admired. College seniors from elsewhere may also compete for the scholarships if they will attend school in Md., Va. or DC. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need.

The Foundation plans to award up to 50 scholarships to outstanding students in the spring of 2003 for use during the 2003-2004 academic year. The award will provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books for up to six years of graduate study. Scholarship amounts will vary for each recipient based on several factors, including costs at the institution he or she attends; awards cannot exceed $50,000 annually. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the U.S. or abroad to pursue any graduate degree or any professional degree, including medicine, law or business.

Students may apply through their faculty representative. Interested college seniors at Frostburg State University may contact Ann Bristow, FSU Department of Psychology, 207A Guild Center, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., 21532. She can be reached by telephone at (301) 687-4446 or by email at Applications are due to FSU by Dec. 20, 2002.

Students may also apply directly to the Foundation. Information and application materials are available on the Foundation's Web site at The telephone number is (800) 498-6478. The application deadline to the Cooke Foundation is Feb. 1, 2003.

A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in the selection of the scholars. Scholarships will be awarded in April 2003 for use beginning with the fall 2003 term. Each award will be renewable as long as the student maintains high academic performance, exhibits good conduct and makes significant progress toward a degree.

Jack Kent Cooke wanted young people of exceptional promise to have the educational opportunities he himself never had. The graduate scholarship program fulfills Mr. Cooke's intent to award substantial scholarships to students pursuing a graduate degree "who have shown unique overall excellence, both in academic endeavors and in extracurricular activities, during their graduate careers." In keeping with Mr. Cooke's wishes, the Foundation will be looking for "young men and women of unusual intelligence, application, deportment and character."

The Jack Kent Cooke 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. In addition to its first initiative, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, the Foundation has established other programs that fund scholarships for undergraduate and secondary school students and those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Visit for eligibility information and details for each program.

Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, former president of Carroll College in Helena, Montana, serves as executive director for the Foundation. Seven individuals, named by Mr. Cooke in his will, serve as the board of directors and establish the goals and overall direction for the Foundation.

For further information on this release, contact:

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