Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program: Other

The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective 5-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.

The Young Scholars Program offers some of the most generous pre-college scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Cooke Young Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

Program Experience

Educational advisers support Young Scholars to maximize high school experiences and to go on to thrive at the nation’s top-performing colleges.

Our programming and support may include:

  • Identifying an appropriately rigorous high school.

  • Engaging in four-year planning and goal-setting.

  • Funding for academic and extracurricular opportunities, such as music and art lessons, supplemental academic classes and technology.

  • Annual summer programs, including two required Young Scholar programs.

  • Year-round Young Scholars community programming.

  • Networking opportunities with a high-achieving peer community.


To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Grade level – Entering 8th grade.

  • Academics – Since the beginning of 6th grade, have earned grades of all or mostly As in school with no C’s or below in core academic subjects (English/language arts, math, science, social studies/history).*

  • Testing – The official score report from the applicant’s state standardized testing. If the applicant has taken the SAT or ACT through a regional talent center, they should also submit their score reports.

  • Income – Family income does not exceed $95,000. The average family income of entering Cooke Young Scholars is approximately $25,000. In recent years nearly all Cooke Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.

  • Location – Reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.