Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholarship
A scholarship for graduating seniors that funds up to $50,000 per year of graduate or professional study in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. The program is designed to assist highly motivated students who demonstrate severe financial need in obtaining advanced professional or graduate training. Founded in 2000, the Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education.
Who is eligible:
For the 2013-14 cycle, applicants must be seniors or have graduated since May 2008 from UCI, plan to enroll in a full-time graduate or professional degree program in a university in Fall 2014, have at least a 3.75 GPA, and demonstrate severe unmet financial need (determined by total annual family income as demonstrated on 2012 tax returns).
Note: Parents of all applicants under age 30 must complete financial information forms. Parental information figures into the assessment of need, even for financially independent applicants. Students whose parents have paid for their undergraduate education for even one quarter will not be considered sufficiently financially needy. The Foundation views parents who have chosen to fund a student’s undergraduate tuition – even on a shortterm basis -- as capable of funding graduate school.
Although the JKC Foundation prefers to individually evaluate applicants' financial circumstances, in the past it specified $50,000 as a guideline for top permissible annual family income. The JKC website now lists these criteria:
JKC will consider students whose parents make more money if mitigating circumstances exist. In such cases, parents should write a detailed letter explaining the circumstances and asserting the reasons their child should still be considered eligible. The student should also make reference to his/her unique financial circumstances in the application. Examples include:
- 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.
Parents earn considerably more (e.g. up to $100,000) but are simultaneously paying for several children to attend college.
Parents earn more than $50,000 but the applicant has financed his/her own undergraduate tuition by working several jobs.
Parents who earned a lot of money in 2011 but whose income has since plummeted. If possible, provide subsequent supporting financial documents.
Phase One: Complete application forms on the JKC website. Candidates will be notified in early January if they have been selected as semi-finalists.
Phase Two: If selected, submit completed application (including supporting documents such as letters of recommendation, transcript(s), and graduate school acceptance letters) to the SOP office by January 27, 2014 -- the UCI internal deadline -- for review by SOP staff.
Students must obtain UCI endorsement for Phase Two.
A campus faculty screening committee will endorse up to two applications for submission to the JCK Foundation in early February. There, panels of graduate school deans, admissions counselors, and faculty will assess applications to determine winners.
Winners will be announced mid-May.
Deadline: External 11/27/2013 (Submit online to JKC for Phase One)
Deadline: UCI 1/27/2014 (Due to SOP for Phase Two - Projected)
The Foundation will select 15 Scholars in 2013 based on artistic or creative promise, academic ability and achievement, unmet financial need and the will to succeed in their chosen fields.
Annette Burgueno became UCI's first Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship winner in 2007. Samuel Chen was a finalist for the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship in 2012.
The maximum award available per student is $50,000 per year, renewable for up to two years. Each award will cover a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the U.S. or abroad. To receive renewed support, Scholars must maintain high academic performance, exhibit good conduct, make significant progress toward a degree, and comply with the Foundation's administrative requirements and requests.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation notified us that 3.75 is the cutoff for eligibility consideration, despite the fact that the Foundation's website continues to list 3.2 as acceptable. If your GPA is slightly below a 3.75, you may still apply if you expect your Winter Quarter 2013 grades to boost your cumulative to a 3.75.
World Wide Web: Further information and applications are available at:
For applications and more information, contact the Scholarship Opportunities Program at 824-8949. We are located within the Center for Excellence in Writing & Communication, on the first floor of Ayala Science Library (Building 520).
SOP is able to advise competitive undergraduate candidates at UC Irvine only.