Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees, by transferring to four-year colleges or universities. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition, as well as on other grants or scholarships the student may receive.

Click here to read about and hear from Westchester Community College’s 2015 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship winner—Mr. Wellington Mackey—who is now attending Yale University in New Haven, CT: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/06/25/from-the-streets-of-the-bronx-to-yale-immigrant-achieves-american-dream/

 Minimum Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible, a student MUST:

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by 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. The Foundation will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, they anticipate 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.

Please Note:

  • Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship.
    (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please click here–contact us–to verify your eligibility.)
  • Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the Spring 2018 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.
  • While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
    • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
    • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

How to Apply

    • You must use a unique e-mail address to create your Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Application account.
  • Recommenders, parents/guardians, and school officials do not need to register and create an account.
    • You will be sent an email with instructions after the applicant submits his/her application.
    • Please contact the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation if you have not received your information.

What are the application requirements?

The application requirements include:

  • Online application including requested uploads
  • Two recommendations from professors or instructors at the applicant’s community college
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of Federal Tax Returns for the past 3 years (2014, 2015, & 2016).  Complete tax forms, including W-2 form(s), schedules, and attachments for the applicant and his/her spouse (if applicable).
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of Federal Tax Returns for the past 3 years (2014, 2015, & 2016).  (Required for applicants under 30 years of age.)  Complete tax forms, including W-2 form(s), schedules, and attachments
  • Transcripts from ALL colleges attended since 2002 (the last 15 years). An application that does not include transcripts from all colleges will be considered incomplete.

What is the Deadline?

  • The application and ALL materials MUST be submitted by Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 12:00 Noon, EST

Students may save and return to their applications as many times as needed, up until October 24th.