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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces New Graduate Fellowship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced its first initiative, the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship Program, for college seniors from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Because this geographic area was Mr. Cooke's chosen home, the Foundation Board of Directors elected to support the education of young people in the region for the first program year. The Foundation expects to expand the program nationally and internationally in the future.

The fellowships will provide a substantial award to cover tuition and fees and a stipend to offset other expenses. Fellows may use the award to attend any graduate school in the U.S. or abroad to pursue any graduate degree in the arts and sciences or any professional degree, including medicine, law or business.

"Jack Kent Cooke wanted young people of exceptional promise to have the educational opportunities he himself never had," says Dr. Matthew J. Quinn, executive director of the Foundation, in announcing the program.

"Talented young people will benefit significantly from Mr. Cooke's generosity." 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 December 21, 2001.

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 February 1, 2002.

A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in the selection of the fellows. Fellowships will be awarded in April 2002 for use beginning with the fall 2002 term. Awards will be renewable as long as the student maintains high academic performance and is making significant progress toward a degree.

The fellowships will fulfill Mr. Cooke's intent to award substantial scholarships to students pursuing a graduate degree "who have shown unique overall excellence." 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 Foundation has defined its mission to be educational in nature and will be developing other programs in the near future.

Mr. Cooke died on April 6, 1997. The Foundation began operations on August 1, 2000, with the hiring of Dr. Quinn as executive director. Dr. Quinn is the former President of Carroll College in Helena, Montana. He had previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. The Foundation will have assets in excess of $500 million, making it one of the largest in the nation.

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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