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01-11-2006


Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors and Alumni

Nominees may include University of the Cumberlands' students and recent alumni with financial need.

Landsdowne, VA - The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting nominations for its Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. College seniors at more than 2,000 accredited institutions in America, and alumni who have graduated from those institutions since May 2001, may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years.

The Foundation will award the graduate scholarships in early summer 2006 for use during the 2006-2007 academic year, and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. Last year, the Foundation awarded 77 of these scholarships. A panel of national experts will assist the Foundation in selecting scholars. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution. 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 has received approximately 1,000 applications for these scholarships each year, and awarded 209 recipients scholarships worth $29.9 million.

About the Foundation

The Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. It focuses in particular on individuals with financial need. In addition to the Graduate Scholarship Program, the Foundation offers full scholarship 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.