Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award

Since last year, the Graduate Arts Award has a two-phase application process.
Phase One deadline: November 26, 2013 (11:59 p.m.) CST
Phase Two deadline: February 25, 2014 (11:59) CST for the second recommendation and parent financial forms. (Parent financial forms are only required if the applicant is under 30 years of age.)
Nomination deadline: February 27, 2014 (11:59) CST
Internal deadline if selected as a semifinalist based on Phase One application: Mid-January, 2014

Eligibility requirements:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university within the past five years.
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • Bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall 2014 semester.
  • Begin first graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.
  • Be nominated by his or her undergraduate institution.
  • Students in the following disciplines are eligible to apply: performing arts, visual arts, and creative writing.

While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

Award summary and conditions: We focus in particular on outstanding individuals with financial need. Applicants should demonstrate artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, the will to succeed, and a breadth of interests and activities.

Our Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional promise and demonstrated financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Demonstrated financial need includes (1) low family and student income and assets in light of educational expenses, and (2) substantial unmet educational costs after taking into account other scholarships and grants students may receive. The arts award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books. Scholarship amounts vary based on several factors, including costs at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives.  Awards can be for as much as $50,000 annually. The Foundation renews awards annually, provided the Jack Kent Cooke Scholar has maintained high academic performance, exhibited good conduct, made significant progress toward a degree, and complied with the Foundation’s administrative requirements and requests. 

Whitman internal process:

  • Official transcript
  • Evidence of financial need from Office of Registrar
  • Names of recommenders
  • Sample of creative work, any form

Application process:  electronic 

Application materials for Phase One:

  • Portfolio with descriptions and a summary
  • Short application including demographics, GPA, and other basic information
  • Financial information comprising of the last three years' AGI for yourself and your parent(s) if you are under 30 years of age.

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. All applicants will be notified by January 6, 2014, if they will proceed to Phase Two.

  • Continuation of student application
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Nomination from your Faculty Representative

March, 2014 - Nominees will receive an email with instructions regarding uploading copies of graduate school acceptance and award letters to the onlione application.

April, 2014 - Notification of award status emailed to all applicants mid-month.

Faculty Representative:  Keith Raether

Internal nomination required:  Yes; Whitman may nominate two 

National committee interview:  No

Selection process: Recipients are chosen from a national pool, with approximately 200 nominees competing each year for approximately 15 awards.  With the assistance of a panel of national experts, the Foundation will select Scholars using these criteria:

  • Artistic or creative merit
  • Academic achievement
  • Unmet financial need
  • Will to succeed
  • Breadth of interests and activities

Selected Scholars agree to comply with Foundation requirements and requests for the duration of the scholarship. Some key requirements and terms are:
1. Scholars must pursue a full‐time course of study in a graduate degree program at
an approved accredited institution, beginning with the fall 2012 term.

2. Scholars must apply for federal and institutional financial assistance each year of
study. The Foundation determines individual scholarship awards after reviewing each recipient’s other aid offers.

3. Scholars must attend the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholars Weekend, August 2‐5, 2012. The Foundation will provide travel expenses, lodging, and meals.

Announcement date:  April, 2014

Contact information: www.jkcf.org