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  Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship Awards

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Graduate Scholars Fact Sheet – 2002
About the Foundation

Jack Kent Cooke did not have an opportunity to go to college, but he had an immense respect for learning.  He built a media empire and became owner of the historic landmark Chrysler Building in New York City, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Washington Redskins.  When he died in 1997, he left most of his fortune to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.  One of the Foundation’s major goals is to identify extraordinary individuals and help them pursue the kind of formal education Cooke himself never had.

2002 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholars

The Foundation has selected 50 outstanding college seniors to become Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholars. Each student will receive a scholarship covering tuition and a stipend for living expenses (total award not to exceed $50,000) for use at an accredited graduate institution during the 2002-2003 academic year. For students who continue to perform at a high level, the scholarship is renewable for up to six years of study.


  • Scholars must be college seniors; residents of Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia; and planning to enroll full-time in a graduate degree program at an accredited institution during the scholarship year beginning fall 2002.
  • Applicants qualify as “residents” if (1) they or their parents reside in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia or (2) if the applicants graduated from high school, attend college, or will attend graduate school in one of the three jurisdictions.
  • Applicants must have a college grade point average of at least “B” (or the equivalent).
  • Eligibility is not limited to any particular discipline; applications for graduate or professional studies in all fields are considered.
  • Applications for the 2003 class of Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholars will be available in late summer or early fall at www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.

Selection Criteria

Among the most important characteristics the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation seeks in its Graduate Scholars are:

  • Academic achievement
  • Will to succeed
  • Leadership, volunteerism, and public service
  • Critical thinking and logic

Love of the arts and humanities, literature, architecture, music, and/or nature.


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