Southern Utah University students and recent alumni with financial needs are encouraged to participate in the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation National Graduate Scholarship competition, which is now accepting nominations.
The foundation is one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. Seniors at SUU and alumni who have graduated since spring 2004 may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).
Interested students should locally contact SUU Faculty member Dr. Robert Eves, whose office is located in the SUU Science Center, Room 310. In addition, a listing of institutional faculty representatives and application materials are available on the Foundation's website, www.jkcf.org.
The Foundation will award the graduate scholarships in early summer 2009 for use during the 2009-2010 academic year, and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. Last year, the Foundation awarded 35 of these scholarships.
A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in selecting Scholars. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution.
The private, independent Jack Kent Cooke Foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001. The Foundation receives approximately 1,000 applications for these scholarships nationally each year, and has awarded 355 scholarships and given out $34 million to-date.
The Foundation focuses, in particular, on individuals with financial need. In addition to the Graduate Scholarship Program, the Foundation offers full scholarships to outstanding students with financial need who are transferring from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree; scholarships to help high-achieving youth develop their talents and abilities throughout high school; and grants programs in areas directly related to its mission.