Initiatives

While primarily a scholarship provider, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation identifies and invests a portion of its funding in strategic grant initiatives to close the Excellence Gap and to expand educational opportunities throughout the United States. The Cooke Foundation partners with educational leaders that share our commitment to advance the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Together, the Cooke Foundation and its grant partners work to create high-quality learning experiences for thousands of remarkable students whose families, schools, and communities need additional resources to help these students reach their fullest potential.
 

Cooke Foundation Partners with College Greenlight

A new partnership between College Greenlight and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will enable thousands of low-income students across the country to become more aware that they are eligible for the Cooke Foundation’s prestigious scholarships.

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$100 Million Initiative to Enroll Students in AP/IB

A new initiative seeks to identify 100,000 low-income students and students of color and enroll them in advanced academic courses over the next three years.

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Cooke Foundation Awards Public High School Pipeline Grants

By awarding grants totaling $500,000 to selective public high schools in six states, the Cooke Foundation seeks to increase the number of academically talented, low-income students who gain admission and graduate. Combined, the grants will benefit more than 1,500 students in grades 6-12.

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$1 Million Cooke Prize Recognizes Vassar College

By demonstrating a school-wide commitment to attracting and graduating high-ability, low-income students Vassar College has earned the inaugural Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

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State Report: Policies Failing Bright, Low-Income Students

A new report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation finds that state education policies are failing bright, low-income students. Learn why no one state receives an A on any of the nine distinct state-level policies or nine specific measures of student outcomes.

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Connecting the Scholarship Dots

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the College Board, and four other scholarship providers want to connect high-performing, low-income high school students to $180 million in merit aid sooner in the college search process.

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Economic Diversity in High School

Some 100 principals of selective public high schools from across the country have formed a new coalition to better recruit, support and advocate for high-achieving, low-income students and close the widening Excellence Gap.

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Bridging Community

Given better advising and financial support, many high-performing, low-income high school students who enter at a community college could transfer and thrive at America’s most selective four-year colleges.

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