Program Detail:

Young Scholars Program


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


Center for Talent Development, 617 Dartmouth Place
Evanston, Illinois 606208


Tammie Stewart, Manager of Community Outreach
Phone: 847/491-7127
Fax: 847/467-4283




The Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is a selective 5-year pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th-grade students with financial need. It is the largest scholarship of its kind in the nation. It provides individualized academic and college advising as well as financial support for school, summer programs, internships, and other enrichment opportunities. Each Young Scholar is assigned an on-staff educational adviser who works closely with the student and his or her family to guide them and oversee the educational opportunities the Cooke Foundation provides throughout high school. 

Support for each student is tailored to his or her unique goals, strengths, and interests and may include:
• Assistance identifying a challenging high school and a suitable academic course load
• Tuition for high school, summer enrichment programs, and supplemental academic classes
• Lessons to develop music, art, or other talents
• Study abroad and community service opportunities
• A computer and software
• Networking opportunities with a high-achieving peer community
• Special consideration for $40,000 per year Cooke College Scholarship

Each year, the Cooke Foundation selects Young Scholars from a nationwide applicant pool based on:
• High academic ability and achievement • Demonstrated financial need
• Drive and persistence
• Leadership
• Service to others

Young Scholars come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and from rural, suburban, and urban communities throughout the United States. 

Many scholars are the first in their family to pursue a college education.


  • PSAT 8/9, SAT, ACT, or Explore scores (describe below)
  • Teacher Recommendation
Students that have taken the ACT or SAT will be asked to submit the scores on the application, there is no score criteria.

Eligible Students

Grade 7, very high academics, low-moderate household income

School/Program Type


Subject Areas

All Academics




Financial Aid available? Yes
Housing Options: Residential or Commuter option
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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