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Jack Kent Cooke 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 a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Selection Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of hundreds of applicants.   A review panel of distinguished university faculty and admissions professionals judge the applicants using criteria including:

  • Achievement and academic ability
  • Financial need
  • Persistence
  • Leadership
  • Desire to help others
  • Service to others

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2012).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2017.
  • 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. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we 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

Additional information can be found on the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Website.

Application Deadline

The application, recommendations, and parent form(s) (if applicable) are all due on October 25, 2016 (12:00 p.m., noon, EST).

Additional Information

The Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students. The Foundation offers several scholarship programs, including this program for community college students.

LSC Representative

To learn more about this scholarship, contact your campus representative.  You can also visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Web site or call 1-855-509-5253. 
Lone Star College–CyFair: Esther Robinson and Dr. Blake Ellis
Lone Star College-Kingwood: Thilo Schimmel and John Dethloff
Lone Star College–Montgomery: Betsy Powers and David Kennedy
Lone Star College-North Harris: Laura Dupree and Brian Kyser
Lone Star College–Tomball: Dr. Bo Rollins and Ava Veselis
Lone Star College–University Park: Frank M. Rodriguez and Brian Kyser
Lone Star College-System Office: Debbra Esparza and Katie Caruso