The mission of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The focus in particular is on scholarships for outstanding individuals with financial need.
This scholarship provides as much as $50,000 annually for up to six years, for exceptional students with financial need who are enrolling in graduate school within five years of completing an undergraduate degree.
Scholars may use the award for full-time attendance at any accredited graduate school in the U.S. or abroad toward any graduate or professional degree. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees and books. Approximately thirty-five awards are given each year.
- Academic achievement and intelligence.
- Unmet financial need.
- Will to succeed.
- Leadership and public service.
- Critical-thinking ability.
- Appreciation for or participation in the arts and humanities.
- The applicant must be nominated by Seattle Pacific University.
- An applicant must be a SPU college senior or a recent SPU graduate (since May 2004) who has not already started graduate school.
- An applicant must have a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.5.
- The applicant must begin a full-time graduate degree program at an accredited university in fall 2010.
- Applicants must not have previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation does not discriminate on the basis or race, religion, creed, color, sex, age, physical or mental disabilities, sexual orientation, or national origin. Foundation staff, board members, and their families are not eligible to apply.
- In August 2009, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announced that, going forward, we will award new graduate scholarships only to students who have received an undergraduate scholarship from the Foundation. The Foundation offers two types of undergraduate scholarships: an undergraduate transfer scholarship is for exceptional students with financial need transferring from a two-year college to a four-year college and a college scholarship for students graduating from the Foundation’s Young Scholars Program. These students have all come through rigorous selections processes and the Foundation seeks to further advance their educational endeavors as they pursue graduate study. All of our undergraduate scholarship recipients are, therefore, eligible to apply for a one-time award of up to $50,000 to support their graduate or professional studies.
It is very important to refer to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website for specific and complete information regarding this scholarship.