If you know a talented student with a great story who is graduating this academic year, please encourage him or her to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 45 deserving students selected annually.
This is a competitive scholarship that requires a lengthy application – including references – but is well worth applying. For example, Faith Culhane, a 2015 Seneff Honors College graduate and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship recipient, is currently on full scholarship at the University of Central Florida. She spent the fall 2016 semester studying abroad at the University of Salzburg in Austria – and it was completely funded by the scholarship.
Minimum eligibility requirements are:
- Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by Sunday, December 31, 2017, or a recent graduate (since spring 2013).
- Plan to enroll full-time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2018.
- Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
- Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. Applicants will be considered with family income up to $95,000. The scholarship committee anticipates that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
- Have not previously enrolled at or attended a four-year institution
Students may find additional information and apply here. The application closes Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at noon.
To learn more, watch the video below with Faith Culhane: