October 31, 2006
Largest scholarship for community college students and recent alumni offered
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nominations process for the largest scholarships available to students and recent alumni from community colleges.
Through the initiative, called the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States and abroad. Last year, the foundation received nearly 700 nominations for these awards.
Susan Hogue, a secondary education major who lives in Winfield and graduated from Cowley in 2005, was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in 2005.
While 45 percent of all college students in the U.S. attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help these students transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends.
The foundation plans to award approximately 50 scholarships through this program in spring, 2007. It will renew awards each year based upon student performance. Current students are eligible, as are alumni who earned a degree from a community or two-year institution since May 2002 and have not since transferred to a four-year college. All candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their community or two-year institution.
The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2007. The list of faculty representatives and application materials are available on the Foundation’s website, www.jackkentcookefoundation.org, or by calling 1-800-498-6478.