Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Programs Information Night


January 19, 2021, 7-8:30pm via Zoom 

This event is open to all, please feel free to share with others that you think might be interested.

You are invited to learn about the Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program, a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need.

Join Northwestern University Center for Talent Development’s Tammie Stewart for a presentation on the comprehensive educational advising and financial support offered by the Cooke Young Scholars program.  This program maximizes the high school experience and prepares students to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges.

Hosted by the Minneapolis PAALs Chapter of Minnesota Council for Gifted and Talented (MCGT).  

We hope you will join us as we learn about this exceptional academic opportunity!


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 927 2941 5858

Passcode: 676890


JKC Young Scholars Program

Application Open January 11, 2021 – March 22, 2021

The Program Experience

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need.

Educational advisers help Cooke Young Scholars maximize the high school experience and prepare to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges.

Our programming and support includes:

  • Identifying an appropriately rigorous high school.
  • Engaging in four-year planning and goal-setting.
  • Funding for academic and extracurricular opportunities, such as music and art lessons; supplemental academic classes; and technology.
  • Annual summer programs, including two required Cooke Young Scholar events.
  • Year-round interaction and networking with a community of high-achieving peers

Who We Select

 Young Scholars are selected from a nationwide applicant pool each year. Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Grade level–Currently in seventh grade during the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Academics– Since the beginning of 6th grade, earned grades of all or mostly A’s in school, with no C’s or below in core academic subjects.
  • Income–Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. The 2020 cohort of new Young Scholars had a median family income of approximately $38,000.
  • Income–Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. The 2020 cohort of new Young Scholars had a median family income of approximately $38,000.

Cooke Scholars come from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities. Many scholars are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Video about the Jack Kent Cooke Program

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