Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program*

Phase One Online Application Deadline: TBD- late November 2014
Notified of Advancement to Phase II  TBD- early January 2015
Phase Two Bowdoin Deadline: TBD- mid February 2015
Web site: www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/
Campus Contact: Cindy Stocks, Director of Student Fellowships and Research

* Information derived from www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's 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 U.S. or abroad. A review panel of distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators select Scholars using criteria including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, desire to engage in and contribute to the world, self-confidence, and resilience.  Applicants must be planning to pursue a career as a practicing artist to be eligible for this award.

A review panel will select 15 recipients for this award from a pool of approximately 200 nominees.


The maximum award available per student is $50,000 per year for three years. Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, 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. Awards are for students who have not yet pursued a graduate or professional degree. The Foundation renews awards annually, provided the Jack Kent Cooke Scholar has maintained high academic performance, exhibited good conduct, made significant progress toward a degree, and complied with the Foundation’s administrative requirements and requests.

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 within the past five years.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or equivalent).
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor's degree by the start of the fall 2013 semester.
  • Plans to begin their frist graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall directly following their application for the scholarship.
  • Not 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. 

Phase One Online Application.  In October 2012, the Foundation will make available on its website the Phase One online application. This application must be submitted online by the Phase One Online Application Deadline (see above) and includes:

1. Short Application (completed by applicant)
   • Applicant demographic information and GPA
   • Applicant financial information
   • Parent financial information for parents/guardians of applicants under 30 years old

2. Portfolio (completed by applicant including descriptions and summary; see Portfolio Guidelines for details)

Phase Two Bowdoin Deadline.  Applicants deemed eligible by the Foundation based on their Phase One application will be invited to submit a Phase Two application. Those selected students will compete for a nomination from Bowdoin by submitting the following materials to the Office of Student Fellowships and Research by the Phase Two Bowdoin Deadline (see above):

Selection Criteria. Members of the Internal Student Fellowships Committee review applications and base their award decisions on the following:

  • Essays
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Applicant tax forms - including applicable W-2 forms, schedules, and attachments
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2012-2013 FAFSA - if the student did not already file a FAFSA for the 2012-2013 school year, he/she must complete the FAFSA and upload the SAR to the online application.  If filing online, the student should allow a minimum of three weeks to receive the report prior to the Phase Two Bowdoin Deadline.
  • Portfolio of work (See Portfolio Guidelines for details)
  • Signed and witnessed Permission Form and Waiver

The Internal Student Fellowships Committee will review the submitted materials and decide which two students will receive the College's endorsement.

Students who have received the College's endorsement must electroncially submit the following documents by the Final Bowdoin Deadline (see above):  

Electronic Application

1.   Application

     √ Completed by applicant including: 

         • Essays and Resume

         • Identification of Recommenders

         • Supporting Financial Documentation

         • Official transcripts, original (front and back) must be uploaded

2.   Two letters of Recommendation

     √ Completed online by recommenders

3.   Parent Financial Forms

     √ Completed online by parents/guardians of applicants under 30 years of age

4.   Institution Nomination

     √ Completed online by faculty representative including Institution Nomination Rationale

Supporting Documentation – All of the materials listed below must be uploaded into the online application.  Foreign language supporting documents must be officially translated into English.

1.   Official College Transcript(s) for ALL undergraduate coursework
     √ one original (front and back) uploaded for each institution attended.

2.   Portfolio – see the Portfolio Guidelines for details

3.   Applicant Tax Forms ‐ including applicable W‐2 forms, schedules, and attachments

4.   Parent Tax Forms (applicants under 30 years old) ‐ including applicable W‐2 forms, schedules, and attachments

5.   Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2010‐11 FAFSA ‐ if the student did not file a FAFSA for the 2012‐13 school year, he/she must complete the FAFSA and upload the SAR to the online application. If filing online, the student should allow a minimum of two weeks to receive the report.

* Applicants and/or parents living abroad and not filing US taxes for 2011 must complete the forms as well as possible and upload a statement (in English or a certified translation into English) from their employer(s) listing all income and benefits for 2011.

Nominees will receive an email in mid-March with instructions to upload copies of the following two items by
April 30, 2013.

1.   Acceptance Letter from Graduate School(s)
     √ one legible copy of each acceptance

2.   Financial Award information from Graduate School(s)
     √ one legible copy of each award letter