In the spring of 2016, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award approximately 80 scholarships to help students with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need earn a baccalaureate degree from a four-year college. The amount and duration of awards vary by student based on the cost of attendance and the length of the program as well as other scholarships or grants received. The maximum available per student is $40,000 per year. This is the largest scholarship offered in the United States to community college university transfer students.
Students must meet the following minimum criteria to apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship (JKCF UT Scholarship):
- be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status (at least 30 credit hours earned) by January 1, 2016, or a recent graduate (since spring 2011)
- plan to transfer to an accredited college or university in fall 2016 to pursue a bachelor’s degree
- cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
- significant financial need (must at least qualify for a Pell Grant and have unmet financial need)
- not previously attended a four-year academic institution (in some cases, students who previously attended a four-year academic institution, but didn’t complete courses, may be eligible)
Students should meet additional criteria to be more competitive JKCF UT Scholarship applicants. It’s strongly suggested that students prepare applications and faculty develop recommendations that explicitly highlight students':
- academic achievement and ability (at all former colleges and/or high schools if applicable)
- persistence (academic, professional, and/or personal)
- leadership (college and/or community)
- service to others (college and/or community)
- financial need (this is a minimum requirement, too, so it’s an important component)
Students are strongly encouraged to complete the pre-application process by the deadlines and stay in contact with one of the committee members throughout the application process. There are several steps required of the application, and the nation-wide competition should be taken very seriously.
If you’re interested in applying for the JKCF UT Scholarship, please follow these pre-application steps:
- Visit the JKCF UT Scholarship website and review the “How to Apply” and “FAQs” sections.
- Register for and attend a JKCF UT Scholarship Information Session. To register, email Michelle Casey or
Michele Alexandre indicating your name and
which one of the following information sessions you’re attending (identical content will be covered in all three sessions).
- Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 1–2 p.m. in the Phillips Building, room 387
- Monday, October 26, 2015 from 6–7 p.m. in the Phillips Building, room 325 (TLC)
- Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 9–10 a.m. in the Phillips Building, room 325 (TLC)
- Complete the JKCF UT Scholarship Eligibility form (note important deadlines on this form)
The Durham Tech JKCF UT Scholarship committee is available to help eligible students with any part of the application process. Please contact a committee member:
- Michelle Casey (Chair), Phillips 368-B or 536-7200 ext. 8184
- Michele Alexandre, Collins 255 or 536-7200 ext. 8042
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship application opens Thursday, October 15, 2015 and is due by Tuesday, December 15, 2015.
Have questions? Review the Frequently Asked Questions for applicants and faculty.