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The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship accepting applications through Jan. 12


Ben Bolstrum, Managing Editor

Exceptional situations create exceptional students, but the opposite is true; exceptional students can create exceptional situations as well. This is why the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF) continues to provide financial opportunities to students in need of support in their educational pursuits.

The JKCF is known for offering a competitive scholarship that provides students with up to $55,000 every year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school with their Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship which is now open and will close on Jan, 12, 2023, but there are many more benefits as well including the freedom to choose any area of study, advising on subjects such as selecting a college, financial aid, how to transfer to a four-year university, and a chance to apply for the Internship Stipend program, Conference and Travel Stipend and Graduate Scholarship.

“It’s not just a scholarship,” said Chief Student Services Officer Laurie Kattuah-Snyder. “This is a community of high achieving students who are supported financially (up to $55,00  per year) and academically by a network of past JKC scholars and JKC professionals. The ideal student is someone who has a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, active in extracurricular activities, has a record of involvement and leadership, and has done all these things despite experiencing hardships in their lives.”

The minimum qualifications are:

  • No previous enrollment for a semester or more at a four-year institution. 
  • Sophomore status by Jan. 1, 2023, at a two-year institution, or a recent graduate (since spring 2018). 
  • Enrolling in a four-year college in fall of 2023. • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.

Thousands of students apply for this scholarship through a rigorous application process, but only 100 are chosen to receive the benefits. According to the website, 70 percent of past winners have participated in an honors program or pursued honors coursework. 67 percent of winners have held a leadership role and the average community college GPA held is 3.92. All it takes for a shot at joining the elite ranks of these winners as a scholar is putting in the effort.

To find out more information on how to sign up for this scholarship, visit: jkcf.org/our-scholarships.

To begin the process of submitting an application, schedule an appointment with Laurie Kattuah-Snyder call 734-462-4468

Check out our story on Schoolcraft Alumna and JKC award winner Maria Robles as she shares her experiences on how the JKC scholarship has helped her fulfill her dreams https://schoolcraftconnection.com/33958/news/the-one-who-did-it-all/