Largest Scholarship in the Nation for Community College Students Now Accepting Applications

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August 30, 2017

Largest Scholarship in the Nation for Community College Students Now Accepting Applications

LAKEWOOD, CO – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the country for community college transfer students. As many as 55 students from a nationwide applicant pool will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at the four-year accredited college or university of their choosing.

Over the past few years, multiple Red Rocks Community College students have earned this prestigious scholarship and have continued their studies at four-year institutions.

According to Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Foundation, recent studies have shown that many of the nation’s most gifted students begin their postsecondary education at a community college. He explained that the scholarships provide talented, low-income students who might otherwise lack the financial resources to do so with a chance to complete their college education, pursuing their goals and dreams.

In addition to financial support, the program helps students transition to four-year colleges and maximize their campus experiences with the support of counselors, a network of 1,800 extraordinary scholars and alumni, and opportunities students might not otherwise have, such as internships, studying abroad, and funding for graduate study.

To be eligible, applicants must be current students at accredited U.S. community colleges or two-year institutions with sophomore status or have graduated within the last five years. They must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above, plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in the coming fall, and demonstrate unmet financial need.

Applications are reviewed by a distinguished panel of university faculty and admissions professionals. Selection criteria focus on exceptional academic ability and achievements, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others.

Application materials must be submitted by the applicant online directly to the Jack Kent Cooke website at:

Applications must be received by October 24, 2017 (12:00 pm noon EST). Final notification to accepted students will be made in April 2018.  To learn more about the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, visit or contact Marlene Adzema, Faculty Representative at or 303-914-6239.

About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:  The largest scholarship foundation in the country, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Because we have demonstrated over the last 15 years that high-potential, low-income students will excel educationally when given the resources to develop their talents, the Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants and direct services. The Foundation also offers grants and supports research to further advance high-performing students with financial need. Founded in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke, the Foundation has awarded $125 million in scholarships, and $79 million in grants to organizations that support its mission.

About Red Rocks Community College:  Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality, affordable education programs leading to two-year degrees or professional certificates. The college serves over 10,000 students per year online and at two campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017