Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Student Awards to Launch Soon

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will soon open its 2016 Young Scholar Awards for colleges, students and alumni.

Geographic Focus: National; Funding: Varies (the foundation gave about $20 million in grants last year),

Deadline: TBA, the application opens in mid-January and closes in April.

The funding offers personalized, scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school

Priority goes to students who have a strong academic record, academic awards and honors, good grades (typically mostly A’s), achievement test scores, participation in available honors or advanced courses, commitment to learning, and sturdy work ethic.

Other Grants

The Good Neighbor Grants program was established this year to identify and strengthen ties with youth-serving nonprofits in Northern Virginia, metropolitan Washington, DC, and Maryland helping students with significant financial need reach their potential through education. The next round is to open in the fall (). The foundation doesn’t often fund unsolicited requests. However, organizations are encouraged to contact the foundation via a letter of inquiry to get a piece of the funding pie: grants@jkcf.org

Education programs have won in the past. The foundation recently gave $250,000 to College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, for Camp Launch, which offers two-week specialized courses in science, math and writing to rising 7th- and 8th-grade students from low-income communities in Richmond, Petersburg and surrounding areas.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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