Applying for Cooke through Eckerd
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship is a highly competitive, merit and need-based scholarship for graduate study in the United States. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad to pursue any graduate or professional degree, in fields from fine arts to medicine to history. Each award allows recipients as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years (depending on the applicant, university, and type of degree).
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
- Nominees must be a senior or recent graduate (last five years) of Eckerd
- Nominees must have applied to an accredited university and plan to start their first graduate or professional degree full-time in fall of the year following application
- Nominees must have obtained a cumulative undergraduate GPA of not less than 3.5
- Nominees must have unmet financial need
- Academic achievement and intelligence
- Unmet financial need*
- Demonstration of a “will to succeed”
- Demonstration of leadership and public service
- Critical-thinking ability
- Participation in or strong appreciation of the arts and humanities
To be eligible for the Cooke, students must be nominated by the designated faculty representative on campus. Up to two current seniors or recent graduates may be nominated from Eckerd College each year. Your application must be formally submitted by the campus deadline so that it can be reviewed by a committee of Eckerd faculty. If your application is approved by this committee, you will be given reviewer comments and a chance to further revise your essays before the national deadline.
Students who typically do well in the Cooke competition have built a substantial record of academic excellence and extracurricular achievements. Successful applicants often begin the application process early and frequently produce multiple drafts of essays for review by faculty and peers. If you are interested in the Cooke Scholarship, you should thoroughly read the official Cooke website, download the appropriate application materials, and then contact the Eckerd faculty representative for additional information and advice.
*Special Note: According to the Cooke website: “the parents of all applicants must complete the financial information forms. Even for financially independent applicants, the parental information figures into the assessment of need. However, we realize that applicants may be financially independent from their parents and consider parental income less important for such students…. The Foundation requires both student and parent financial information for many reasons. One reason is that research shows that the lower the student's or parent's income, the lower the chance the student has of completing a college degree.”