Young Scholars Program

September 11, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is one of the most generous and personalized scholarship experiences in the nation. The program is a highly selective pre-college scholarship for top-performing middle school students with financial need. It includes individualized academic advising, financial support, and a pathway to the foundation’s $40,000 per year college scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke program was literally
like my key to the rest of the world. It’s just life-changing. If I can even give it that word—it’s more than life-changing if there was a word for it. The foundation is the single most important factor in my high school and college education. We opened up the letter and we both screamed for at least 20 to 30 minutes. We just couldn’t
believe that this dream had come true. As part of the program, students are assigned
an on-staff educational adviser, like me. Our team of advisers works with students and
families to set goals, find schools, and develop a plan that personalizes each scholar’s
experience. The foundation has brought me to new environments, new challenges, things that I never thought I’d even be remotely interested in. I’ve always wanted to do more but I haven’t had the resources available. I just felt like as a single mom, that I knew Sawyer had all this potential and there’s
so many great things for him to see out in the world that I wasn’t able to provide
for him. This is a prayer that actually has been answered. So that’s what it means to me. What it means to her is that she is going to be able to achieve her dreams. It was like a burden being lifted. Suddenly I had this path before me that was actually possible where before the gate had been closed. Ultimately even though the foundation can’t obviously provide every aspect of change, but what they do is they provide the umbrella for it and then you go and discover yourself. Scholars are provided in-depth college counseling, as well as the opportunity to explore potential careers through summer programs, internships, and mentorships. They also gain access to the thriving community of Cooke Scholars. It’s just kept me motivated and inspired
and also its kind of a nice reminder that I’m not alone. For an organization to come alongside us and to say “we believe, not only in you where you are now, but we believe in the potential of what you can become” that’s just really powerful. Please visit our website now to find out more about program eligibility and the application process. Take the first step toward building a better future for yourself today. We look forward to receiving your application soon. Think Big. Work Hard. Achieve. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation