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06 January 2009


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for Graduate Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting nominations for its Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. College seniors at more than 2,000 accredited institutions in America, and alumni who have graduated from those institutions since spring 2004, may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).

The Foundation will award the graduate scholarships in early summer 2009 for use during the 2009-2010 academic year, and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in selecting Scholars. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution. Jacksonville State University's faculty representative is Dr. Jean Pugliese, associate dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education, 319 Bibb Graves Hall, ext. 8728. Application materials are available on the Foundation's website.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. It focuses in particular on individuals with financial need. The Foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001. The Foundation receives approximately 1,000 applications for these scholarships each year, and has awarded 355 scholarships and given out $34 million to date.

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