This year, an eligibility checklist will be your first stop to making application - if you do not meet the criteria, you will not be able to access the application. To be eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program:

  • You must be entering 8th grade in the fall of 2015.
  • Since the beginning of 6th grade, you have earned grades of all or mostly As in school with no Cs or below in your core academic subjects (English/language arts, math, science, social studies/history).
  • Your family income does not exceed $95,000. The average family income of entering Young Scholars over the last three years is approximately $25,000.  In recent years nearly all Young Scholars have come from families with incomes below $60,000.
  • You must reside in the U.S. or a U.S. territory and plan to attend high school in the U.S.