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October 23, 2007

Largest scholarship for community college students offered


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has opened the nomination process for the largest scholarship 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.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 3. Please submit your nomination to Lisa Grose, Cowley College scholarship coordinator. Former Cowley College student Susan Hogue was one of only 25 community college students nationwide to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in 2005.

While 45 percent of all college students in the US attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college 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 2008. 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 spring 2003 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.

Application materials are available on the Foundation’s website,, or by calling 1-800-498-6478.