Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Sophomores, if you are planning to transfer to a four-year university and are not sure whether you may have the funds to support yourself, there is a scholarship specifically designed for you.

The Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship was designed by Jack Kent Cooke, a philanthropist who left the majority of his estate to benefit his eponymous foundation.

This award is intended for students who are extremely ambitious but may not have the means to support their goals.

Any student who has unmet financial needs and ambitious dreams is the ideal applicant. Unfortunately, this scholarship only applies to community college sophomores, or recent graduates, who have never been enrolled in a four-year university prior to their application.

This is an amazing opportunity to find funding for any future academic plans you may have, all you have to do is apply. The application process is intense.

In order to apply, students must complete the form listed on the Common Application for Transfer, submit any required financial records (including parents’ records if the applicant is under the age of 30), and submit two letters of recommendation.

There are a few additions to the applications, such as essay questions for the applicants, and questions for the person(s) chosen to write the recommendation letter. While the application seems extensive, it is about the same length as a typical college application. Applicants are required to have exceptional academic ability. 

The scholarship requires students to have a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA). According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website, the average GPA of recipients is around 3.84.

The application is currently open and will close on Nov 20. For any persons interested in applying, now is the perfect time. The scholarship reward renews each year students are enrolled in an undergraduate bachelor’s degree program.

There have been seven recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship from Tulsa Community College. One of which is Rose Lynch, class of 2018, who chose to attend the University of Tulsa. She admits that the application process was “incredibly in-depth” and acquired the help of the Honors’ staff.

As for advice for future applicants, Lynch suggests students “be honest and brave enough to share your highs and lows of your life’s journey.” She also advises applicants to make sure to meet all deadlines and trust the Honors’ staff to assist.

Lynch’s award provided her with the necessary funds to continue her education. She considers her time at TCC to be “the highest quality of education this far.”

It opened the door for her to join the Student Government Association and is currently serving as president of the organization and to serve as the first female chair of the Student Advisory Board to the Oklahoma State Regents of Education. 

The  foundation rewards recipients with $40,000 per year for a bachelor’s degree. This prize is intended to support up to three years with exceptions.

According to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s web page, “the scholarship will cover the undergraduate portion of dual degree programs,” not the graduate portion. There are no limits on age, areas of study, or the types of four-year colleges applicants may attend.

The scholarship does not apply to online accredited four-year colleges or universities nor does it apply to non-degree programs. There are very few restrictions that permit recipients from receiving other awards.

It is a requirement that all applicants must apply for financial aid from their universities of choice. Cooke recipients will be given access to college planning assistance and advising throughout their time in college.

Tulsa Community College will host two informational sessions regarding this scholarship in September.

The first meeting was held on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. at the Student Union on the Metro Campus. The second informational session was scheduled for Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. at the Chat Room at the Southeast Campus. Both sessions were led by Allen Culpepper, Ph.D. Dr. Culpepper is an associate professor of English whose office is in the Southeast Campus.

He often visits Metro Campus a couple times per week and during one of his visits, he offered more insight on the scholarship.

According to Dr. Culpepper, any student looking to apply for this award should try and consider applying to highly competitive colleges. He also suggests that students select any academic person who developed a relationship with them to write their recommendation letter.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Official Logo. The Foundation’s award is intended to cover a significant share of the recipient’s expenses, including books and tuition.

Composing the recommendations, according to Dr. Culpepper, is very time consuming and asks that students give their professors ample time to construct these letters. He encourages students to take heed of this opportunity, stating that it is an outstanding chance for students with large ambitions to further their education.

For more information, visit jkcf.org. After review of the website, if you have additional questions, send an email to Dr. Culpepper at allen.culpepper@tulsacc.edu