Scholarship applications available

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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The Weatherford College Financial Aid office is accepting applications for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship through Sunday, Nov. 25.

The scholarship, through the privately-funded Cooke Foundation based in Virginia, will award up to $30,000 per recipient to help students and recent alumni from community and two-year institutions pursue a four-year degree at an accredited college in the United States and/or abroad.

The Foundation will award approximately 50 scholarships through the Undergraduate Transfer Jack Kent Cooke Scholars initiative in spring 2013. The amount and duration of the scholarships will vary by student based on the cost of attendance or grants received, but the awards can total up to $30,000 per year for each student.

The scholars are selected by the Foundation with assistance from a national panel of experts. Selection criteria include academic excellence, unmet financial need, will to succeed, leadership ability, service to others and interest in or appreciation for the arts.

Weatherford College’s Jessica Clement, now Jessica Clement Elsik, won the award in 2005.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was founded to support high-achieving students with financial need and offers support for tuition, room and board, books and other required fees for the remainder of the scholars’ bachelor’s degree, generally two or three years.

Current students, who will have achieved sophomore status by Dec. 31, 2012, are eligible, as are alumni who earned a degree from a community college or two-year institution since spring 2006 and have not since transferred to a four-year college.

All candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by a faculty representative at their school. A minimum 3.5 GPA is required.

For more information about the scholarship application and selection process, call William Smith at Weatherford College at (817) 598-6428 or email him at Application materials are available on the Foundation’s website

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