Student Opportunity Deadline: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and 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. In 2014, the Foundation will select up to 20 recipients for this award.

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The award provides funding for tuition, living expenses, required fees, and books. Scholarship amounts vary based on several factors, including cost at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives. Applicants must be planning to pursue a career as a practicing artist to be eligible for this award.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

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 with 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.

For more information on how to apply, see

The Graduate Arts Award has a two-phase application process (and an internal KCAI selection process)

Phase One deadline is November 26, 2013 (closes at 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time)

Phase One application requirements include:

  • Online application, including academic and financial information
  • Portfolio, including descriptions and summary
  • One online recommendation from a professor or instructor at your college

If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process.

Phase Two application requirements include:

  • Continuation of student online application, including transcripts
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Second online recommendation
  • Nomination by your undergraduate institution

*****To clarify, college seniors and recent college graduates who are interested in the Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award may apply directly to the Foundation in Phase One of the application process. If a student is invited to continue in Phase Two, he or she must be nominated by the Foundation’s Faculty Representative at their institution. Each college or university may nominate up to two students to be considered for the Graduate Arts Award. The Mobility Committee at KCAI will set an internal campus deadline once the Foundation has invited applicants to continue in Phase Two. Before the Phase Two deadline, the Mobility Committee will notify eligible applicants about an internal selection process. Then the two nominated students will continue with the Phase Two application requirements. Phase Two deadline isFebruary 25, 2014.


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