Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

About the Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship was founded to help exceptional students with financial need succeed in obtaining a graduate degree. The scholarship awards up to $50,000 annually to fund tuition and fees. Jack Kent Cooke was a businessman, sportsman, and philanthropist who started off as an encyclopedia salesman and went on to build a media empire. He had an immense respect for learning and left most of his fortune to establish the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to reward young men and women for unusual intelligence, application, deportment, and character.


The university may nominate one student a year for this scholarship. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award up to 40 scholarships.

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled at an accredited 4-year college or university
  • have a high level of achievement as demonstrated by superior grades, academically rigorous courses, and participation in challenging extracurricular activities, especially those demonstrating leadership potential.

Application Procedures

Persons interested in applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship can visit the home page to learn the full details of the scholarship. The next step is a visit to the Fellowships Office where a Letter of Intent is to be filed by May 1st of your junior year. Campus deadline is February 11, 2015.

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship is highly competitive; the University of Puget Sound may nominate only one student. An internal competition will determine who will be that individual. Applicants will meet all the internal deadlines set by the Fellowships Office. Interviews will be conducted following the Fall Campus Deadline at which time the panel of interviewers and the Fellowships Coordinator will select one scholarship application to forward to the Foundation by the scholarship deadline of March.

See the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website.