The James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
The Office of Distinguished Scholarships
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program

Application Deadline: February 2, 2009.

The Cooke Scholarships are now for graduate school only. The Cooke Foundation accepts nominations from colleges and universities from across the US. UNC is eligible to nominate two students to proceed to the next level of competition, but they must win the UNC endorsement. The award will be variable up to a maximum of $50,000 annually to fund tuition, fees, room and board, and books. The scholarship is renewable up to six years.

Visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Website.

To view a multimedia video "What it means to be a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar", please follow this link:


To be eligible to apply for a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, a nominee must:

  1. Show a high level of achievement as demonstrated by superior grades and academically rigorous courses;
  2. A demonstrated financial need;
  3. A demonstrated "will to succeed";
  4. Evidence of leadership and public service;
  5. Ability to demonstrate "critical thinking" through the academic process;
  6. A demonstrated potential for making a significant contribution with the student's field and to society generally;
  7. Must not have begun graduate studies.

Scholarships are open to students from all academic backgrounds but the student must demonstrate an interest in the arts and humanities.

Application Procedure:

The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship requires UNC endorsement. Please prepare the application according to the guidelines on the Jack Kent Cooke Web site and submit one original and four copies to the UNC Office of Distinguished Scholarships, located in room 225 Graham Memorial, CB# 3510. Internal transcripts may be requested from the UNC Registrar at no cost and delivered to our office.

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships suggests applicants provide this letter, or a version of it, to all those whom you ask to write recommendations

Applications must be submitted by February 2, 2009.

.For further information about the application process, please contact Dr. George Lensing at 962-4053 or by e-mail. You may also contact Dr. Patrick Conway, 966-5376,, Chair of the UNC Cooke Selection Committee.
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