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If you’re a high school senior, or the parent or guardian of one, you likely already know that while college tuition keeps going up, financial aid is not keeping pace. Moreover, budget proposals by the President and Congress for 2018 propose slashing billions off of the Pell grant’s “rainy day” reserve fund. What’s a student to do? Enter the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation that provides some of the largest scholarships in the country to exceptional students with limited financial means. These highly competitive scholarships are available for up to $40,000 per year to help cover tuition, books, living expenses, and other required fees. In addition, they provide services such as on-staff advisors, a network of fellow scholars, and other funding opportunities.

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To qualify, applicants must:

  • Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2018
  • Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college or university beginning in fall 2018
  • Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • SAT combined critical reading and math score of 1200 or above and/or ACT composite score of 26 or above
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.

The application deadline is Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at noon ET.

You can click here for more information and to apply online.