Cooke Foundation Scholarships

The CLASS Coalition partners with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which provides the nation’s largest scholarships to low-income, high-achieving students. The Cooke Foundation provides three generous scholarship opportunities designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

The CLASS Coalition encourages educators nationwide to read about the scholarships below, click the links to learn more about how to apply, and share news about these incredible opportunities with their students:


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from families across the nation who have financial need. Young Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school to pursue their unique academic and talent goals. The application period is open from January to April. Up to 65 Young Scholars are selected for this program each year. Final notification is in the early fall.

Learn more about the Young Scholars Program.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community. The application period is open from early September to early November. Up to 40 College Scholars are selected for this program each year.

Learn more about the College Scholarship Program.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is a highly-selective scholarship for the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at selective four-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year for up to three years, making it the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. The application period is open from November to mid-December. Up to 85 Undergraduate Transfer Scholars are selected each year.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

For more information about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, click here.