Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  Criteria include a history of unmet need.  

Contacts at the Provost's Office:

  • Lester Monts, Professor of Music and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Questions and correspondence: Laura Harrington (Laura Harrington

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Jack Kent Cooke Scholars possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate for the Graduate Arts Award must have:

  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US college or university within the past five years.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the fall 2014 semester. 
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.
  • Not have been previously nominated for the Graduate Arts Award.  

While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate significant unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other grants or scholarships the applicant receives.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

All scholarship nominees must plan to begin their first graduate degree program on a full-time basis at an accredited university in the fall of 2014.  Recipients are chosen from a national pool, with approximately 200 nominees competing each year for up to 20 awards.


Applications for the following year become available in early October and are typically due at the end of November.