The Cooke College Scholarship Program

The James Kent Cooke Foundation was founded in 2000 by none other than James Kent Cooke himself. He had left in his will that a foundation was to be started in his name. The Cooke College Scholarship Program looks for the undergraduates that have worked harder than any other high school student. This foundation recognized those that have put their all and then some into their successful high school career.

So far since 2000, the James Kent Cooke Foundation has spent $222 Million in rewards for students who show excellent promise but did not have the finical assistance to achieve and ivy league dream. Awarding the money to over 2,800 eligible and chosen students must be a senior graduate.

What is the eligibility?

Must be a high school student with academic excellence and a flare for leadership or excellent with high achievement. The biggest thing a student will need to provide is their family AGI or adjusted gross income of the family unit. Ask your parents about their federal taxes to receive an estimated answer about the AGI. Even homeschooled students are eligible.

  • Must intend or show that you will enroll as a full-time student beginning as early as the Fall of 2021
  • There is consideration for students whose family AGI is $95,000 however, the lower the better the scholarship reward will be
  • Must have 3.5 GPA or above
  • Must be a graduate of a high school in the Spring of 2021

Do you have to be a U.S. Citizen?

Luckily enough you do not need to be a U.S. Citizen but you do need to live in a state or U.S. territory. But you do not have be naturalized or have a U.S. citizenship to apply. The James Kent Cooke Foundation believes in equality when it comes to living in the United States. Everyone deserves to attend 4-year college that is an ivy league school or similar.

You could receive an invitation to apply for this scholarship in the mail

As a senior high school student, the mailbox starts to overrun with invitations to apply to so and so college. However, that’s where this scholarship is different. This scholarship can cover an entire 4-year college career for anyone who has been invited to apply. Most are chosen if they receive this invitation.

What does the reward consist of?

The Cooke College Scholarship Program covers 4-years of college, this means the 5th year will not be covered and the student will need to apply for a separate scholarship that covers that level. Taxes may be issued since all scholarships tend to come out the year it was received as a small payment tax.

How to Apply

The College Scholarship Program application will only be completed and submitted through the Common App. Everything from 3 recommendations, contact information, eligibility questionnaire, your intended major with college plans included, a handful of small short essays and all finical current information.


October 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. in each individual time zone.

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