Spotlight: the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Friday, October 14, 2016
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Duke TIP seeks to ensure that students from all different backgrounds have the opportunity to participate in our many programs and services. That’s the reason we’re especially proud to partner with an organization that shares this same appreciation for inclusiveness and support.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides financial support to low-income students who otherwise may miss out on vital learning opportunities at TIP. Dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students with financial need, Jack Kent Cooke offers scholarships, academic counseling, and other helpful services through its Young Scholars program.

They don’t just talk the talk: take a look at the numbers. Since 2000, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded more than $130 million in scholarships to nearly 1,900 students and more than $80 million in grants. That’s thousands of students who wouldn’t have been able to afford the academic programs they were seeking.  

As a partner of Duke TIP, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provided a generous grant which has allowed even more high-ability low-income students to enroll in our renowned academic programs. We were able to use some of the funds to create a program called Project Launch.

Project Launch engaged academically talented, low wealth students in a variety of academic activities, including TIP’s CRISIS summer program, mentored online courses, above-grade level testing to better evaluate each student’s academic strengths, a book club, and special email notifications to parents that help them advocate for and support their children.

Not only do they support young gifted students throughout school, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation wants to make sure these students have what they need for a successful college education. Its College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship in the nation. Selected students receive college planning support, ongoing advising, and up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate institution.  

As we continue to press onward in our mission of helping gifted students reach their full academic potential, it’s important to work side by side with organizations motivated by that same goal. A partner like the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has and will continue to prove instrumental for Duke TIP’s success.