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26 November 2007

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Now Accepting Nominations for 2008 Graduate Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program will award approximately 40 scholarships to seniors and recent graduates planning to attend graduate school for the first time starting in fall 2008.  

Each award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books for the graduate degree chosen. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the graduate program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student per year of study is $50,000 and the maximum length is six years.

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 2003, 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 2008 for use during the 2008-2009 academic year, and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. Last year, the Foundation awarded 34 of these scholarships. 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. The list of faculty representatives and application materials are available on the Foundation's Website or by calling 1-800-498-6478. Students may not apply directly to the Foundation for this program. JSU's faculty representative is listed below

Dr. Jean M. Pugliese
Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Jacksonville State University
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
(256) 782-8278

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. Mr. Cooke was a businessman and philanthropist who owned such professional sports teams as the Lake Angeles Lakers and the Washington Redskins as well as the Chrysler Building in New York City. When he died in 1997, he left most of his fortune to establish the foundation. In addition to the Graduate Scholarship Program, the Foundation offers full scholarships to outstanding students with financial need who are transferring from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree, scholarships to help high-achieving youth develop their talents and abilities throughout high school, and grants programs in areas directly related to its mission.

The stated mission of the foundation is "To help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. " Through a number of different types of scholarships, the foundation "supports young people of exceptional promise, application, deportment, and character who have financial need and demonstrated excellence in academic endeavors and extracurricular activities."

For more information about the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship program, visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Website.


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