The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Young Scholars Program provides a five-year, pre-college scholarship to high-performing seventh-grade students with financial need. Each year, thousands of students apply to this prestigious program, which provides comprehensive academic and college advising as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.
Through this new engagement pilot project with the Cooke Foundation, the Coalition will extend the value of the Young Scholars Program by promoting and enhancing the college preparedness of all eighth-grade students who applied to the program but were not selected for participation. These students will be invited to join MyCoalition, where they will have access to valuable tools and helpful resources and articles for college readiness.
“The Coalition’s free college-planning tools are designed to support students from the beginning of their high school career,” says Annie Reznik, executive director of the Coalition. “We are honored to be able to provide these students with additional support as they aim for college.”
The Coalition will also provide webinars for these students on the following topics: how to make the most of high school, how to ask for help and learn from others, and how to pay for college. In addition, the Coalition will introduce them to the wealth of opportunities offered by its members, including fly-in programs, summer study, open houses, and scholarships.
“Since 2000, the Cooke Foundation has awarded $175 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services,” says Alan Royal, senior program manager of outreach and partnerships at the Cooke Foundation. “This partnership gives the Coalition an opportunity to provide college-preparation resources to all Cooke Scholarship applicants as they prepare for admission to a selective college.”
The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success is a diverse group of more than 140 distinguished colleges and universities across the U.S. that is committed to making college a reality for all high school students through its set of free, online college-planning tools that helps them learn about, prepare for, and apply to college.
The Coalition was founded by a group of dedicated college leaders in 2015 with the goal to improve the college application process for all students, particularly those from historically under-represented groups. Members are united in their mission to support lower-income, under-resourced, and/or first-generation students; provide responsible financial aid; and bolster students’ success in college—and beyond.
For more information about the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, including a complete list of members, visit http;//www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/.
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