Deadline for Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, Nov. 30

Students, Recent Alumni Pursue Up To $30,000 in Transfer Aid

            The College of Southern Maryland has opened the nomination process for students and recent alumni for The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships.

Through an initiative, called the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Program, the private foundation will award up to $30,000 annually per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community colleges and two-year institutions pursue four-year degrees at any accredited college or university in the United States. Last year, the foundation received approximately 700 nominations for these awards.

While 45 percent of all college students in the U.S. attend community colleges, few private funds are available to help top community college sophomores transfer to four-year institutions, in spite of their high levels of ability and need. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books for the remaining length of the undergraduate degree, generally two years. Each award can total up to $30,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on such factors as the cost of the institution each recipient attends.

The foundation plans to award approximately 60 scholarships through this program in spring 2012—CSM may nominate up to four candidates.

 “Current students with a 3.5 or higher GPA and sophomore status by December 31, 2011, are eligible. So too, are CSM alumni who earned a degree with honors since spring 2007 and have not since transferred to a four-year college,” said faculty representative Mike Green.

CSM scholarship candidates must have completed the online application by Nov. 30, 2011 for nomination review.

To access the online application for the Jack Kent Cook Scholarship, visit

Faculty Representative Mike Green can be reached at or 301-934-7598.

About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. The Foundation provides challenging opportunities to high achievers from lower-income families through its Young Scholars Program, generous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study, and grants to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.