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Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Posted: August 12, 2019 | Updated: August 16, 2019

In an effort to help exceptional Lakeland students and very recent alumni transfer to a four-year institution, the college is accepting nominations on behalf of the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF).

Through their initiative, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the JKCF will award up to $40,000 annually per recipient to help promising students and recent alumni from community colleges and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at selective accredited colleges or universities in the United States.

All candidates for the scholarship must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be a current Lakeland student with sophomore status by January 2020 or a recent graduate (who has not started at a four year institution), plan to transfer to a selective, accredited four year institution in fall 2020, and show unmet financial need.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday Nov.20, 2019.

The JKCF scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $40,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends and other aid received.

The Foundation plans to award approximately 55 scholarships through this program in spring 2020. It will renew awards each year based upon student performance.

This year, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application will be submitted using the Common App for Transfer.

Students will complete the Common App general requirements, which include things like contact information, the school attended and grades, and activities and honors. The student may also invite two teachers to submit recommendations through the Common App. Once the student is registered on the Common App, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation must be added as one of the "schools" to access the requirements that are specific to the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. These requirements will include:
•.Eligibility questions
• Several short essays
• College plans and intended major
• Financial information, including the last three years' Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for student's household and, if under age 25, for student's parent(s)/guardian(s)

To apply, register through the Common App on their website:

Further questions can be directed to Dr. Matthew Hiner, professor of history and advisor of Lakeland's Phi Theta Kappa chapter, at

About the foundation
A self-made billionaire from humble beginnings, Jack Kent Cooke envisioned a foundation dedicated to supporting students who defy their economic circumstances and perform at the highest academic levels.

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  • Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Info
  • Common App
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