|December 1, 2006
From: Laura Harris, Director of Media Relations
(318) 342-5447, email@example.com
ULM offers new scholarships
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has recently been accredited by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to offer scholarships in the Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country.
The foundation, which is independent and private, was established in 2000 by Jack Kent Cooke’s estate. It is designed to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education, and it focuses on individuals with financial need.
College seniors at more than 2,000 of America’s accredited institutions, including ULM, may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years). Alumni who have graduated since May 2002 are also eligible to compete for the scholarships.
The foundation will award the graduate scholarships in early summer 2007 for use during the 2007-2008 academic years and will renew each award in subsequent years based on academic performance.
A panel of national experts will assist the foundation in selecting scholars. The faculty representative at their undergraduate institution must nominate scholarship candidates. The list of faculty representatives and application materials are available on the foundation’s website, www.jackkentcookefoundation.org or by calling 1-800-498-6478.
The foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001. The foundation receives approximately 1,200 applications for these scholarships each year and has awarded 285 recipients scholarships and given out $24 million to date.
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.