Updated about 4 years ago


If you are attending community college and intend on transferring to a four-year school, keep reading.

Scholarship full name: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

Administering Organization: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation


The JKCF Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities.


The Foundation provides up to $40,000 per year to each of approximately 85 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

The reward is up to $40,000 per year. It's also possible to receive this scholarship for 3 years. Thus, the total possible should then be $120,000.

Scholarship Opens

Scholarship opens Sept. 13, 2018


Deadline icon 7 TuesdayTue, NovemberNov 27th27 at 12:00 pm

almost 4 years ago (1407 days ago)


Selection Process & Criteria

The selection process for these awards is rigorous and highly competitive with approximately 85 scholarships awarded each year out of thousands of applicants. A review panel of distinguished university admissions professionals and faculty judge the applicants using criteria including:

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Please Note:

Students who have attended a four-year institution in the past are not eligible for this scholarship. (If you started at a four-year institution, but did not complete a semester of full-time study, then you may be eligible. Please contact the foundation to verify your eligibility.)

Students who have already transferred to a four-year institution or plan to transfer to start during the spring 2017 semester are also not eligible for this scholarship.

While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

For more information, please contact the designated Faculty Representative at your school.

Financial Need Estimator

This online worksheet will provide an estimate of your financial need. This is a tool for your convenience only and is not a required document to be completed for consideration.

Download Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Fact Sheet.

Download Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Flyer.

Download 2015 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Profile.

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