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Students can apply for a top-tier scholarship

By Hillary Omitogun
On December 7, 2015

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship offers up to $40,000 per year to about 85 students who are selected annually. 

It is offered to community college students who eventually plan to transfer to a four-year college. To be eligible for this scholarship, students need to be well-rounded. While the scholarship is affiliated with Phi Theta Kappa, students do not have to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa to apply. 

Since a reasonable amount of money is awarded, it is a very competitive scholarship and the application process is demanding. Thousands of top-tier students apply, but only a few are selected. According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website, the minimum eligibility requirements are:

1. Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2015, or a recent graduate (since Spring 2011).

2. Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in Fall 2016.

3. Have a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the school’s equivalent).

4. Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. The committee will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, it anticipates that a majority of scholarship recipients will also be eligible to receive a Pell grant.

5. Have not previously been enrolled at or attended a four-year institution.

“In over 15 years, no Kirkwood student has ever won this scholarship,” Tony Arduini, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, stated. 

He advised that high-achieving students with good grades and a reasonable amount of interesting non-academic activities, including volunteer work, should apply. 

The foundation mentions that while it 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, and insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

The Jack Cooke Kent Foundation confirms that the award covers a remarkable 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 other grants or scholarships he or she may receive. “I think the scholarship will be beneficial for outstanding Kirkwood students. The money offered will also go a long way,” Ningning Zhang, Computer Science, said.

For more information, students can visit jkcf.org, email Tony.Arduini@kirkwood.edu, or go to the Arts & Humanities office at 336 Cedar Hall.

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