JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP
- Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status as of January 1 of the upcoming calendar year, or a recent graduate (no longer than five years counted from the upcoming spring semester).
- Plan to enroll in a full-time baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in the fall of the next academic year
- Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
- Demonstrate unmet financial need
Please Note: Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact us to verify your eligibility.) Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.
The deadline for the Scholarship is late October. For the deadline for this academic year, check with the JKC Foundation website.
There are four components in the application process
In addition to filling in the online application, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended in the last 15 years.
Letters of recommendation
Applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendations from NOVA professors.
Recommenders are contacted directly by the Foundation once the student submit their online application. The deadline for recommendation is the same for completing the application.
Please, be mindful to agree to write letters of recommendation only for outstanding students whom you know very well not only academically but also personally. Submitting weak recommendations reflects poorly on NOVA’s reputation and also may jeopardize the chances of winning the prestigious scholarship by future outstanding students.
Recommenders are asked specific questions about the student in regards to their exceptional achievements, academic ability, persistence in the face of setbacks, etc. Creating a strong recommendation requires that the student and their professor have already built a certain level of personal relationship. The faculty must know the student very well and be able to provide specific examples of the outstanding class performance of the student.
Here are examples of previous years questions asked in the recommendation form by the JKC Foundation. If you don’t know the answers to those questions and are not ready with examples, it is very unlikely that your recommendation will be strong.
Does the student seek academic challenges in the classroom? Please give an example:
On a scale of 1 to 7, which best describes the applicant?
1 – Shows no concern for others
3 – Shows an awareness of injustice and suffering, but is not moved to action
5 – Shows concern for others and expresses a desire to help
7 – Shows intense concern for others and is driven to
Please explain or provide an example:
Does the applicant motivate others and serve as a positive role model? Please provide an example:
Does this student demonstrate the ability to set goals, either short- or long-term? Please provide an example:
Please share an example or two that demonstrates the student’s enthusiasm for learning
Does the student maintain interest and effort even when challenges or failure are encountered? Please explain or provide an example:
Student Financial Form
Student Financial Form, including a copies of the student’s Federal Tax Returns from the past three years. If students need help filling in their financial forms, they can contact the Alexandria Campus financial form contact person, Ms. Eleanor Ripton.
Parent Financial Form
Parent Financial Form, including a copies of their Federal Tax Return from the past three years (required for applicants under 30 years of age).