Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program seeking applications

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program is seeking applications from eligible seventh graders excelling in the academic arena.

The scholarship program aims to help promising students from low-income families across the country and provides guidance as well as monetary assistance to those selected.

Once selected, recipients enter the program in eight grade and continue through high school receiving educational support.

Students work with foundation staff and advisers to select a high school, apply to a private or magnet school if appropriate, plan classes, identify resources supporting intellectual and career development, and prepare for college admission.

As well as guidance, chosen recipients receive funding for educational opportunities such as summer school and out of school enrichment programs including lessons in technology, leadership programs and lessons to develop music, art and other talents.

Chosen recipients are generally in the top one percent of their class academically with family incomes averaging $25,000 per year.

“Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars show the potential for greatness in the arts, the sciences, public service and a wide range of other fields,” said vice president of programs at the foundation Emily Froimson in a news release. “We encourage talented seventh graders who want opportunities to discover and reach their full potential to apply.”

Up to 60 students will be selected in 2013, with a March 21 deadline for the first phase of the application process. To learn more about the scholarship program and complete an application visit the foundation’s website, www.jkcf.org/scholarships/young-scholars-program/.

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