The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation was established to enable students and recent alumni with exceptional promise to pursue graduate study in the U.S. or abroad. The JKC Graduate Arts Award offers 15 scholarships annually of up to $50,000 per year to especially talented artists from low-income backgrounds to pursue a graduate degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing.
While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
Eligible fields of study are:
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. The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books. Scholarships amount vary based on several factors, including costs at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives.
The Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award review panel, comprising distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators, rigorously evaluates each application using criteria including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, will to succeed, and a breadth of interest and activities to identify exceptional individuals who not only have exceptional artistic or creative promise, but also demonstrate academic achievement and the will to succeed in their chosen fields.
UM students and alumni seeking nomination for the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Fellowship must complete and submit Phase 1 of the application on-line at jkcf.org by the November 2013 deadline. Students selected for Phase 2 will be contacted by a representative from the Prestigious Awards & Fellowships Office with instructions on submitting their complete application to the UM Fellowship Committee for review and possible nomination.
November 2013 Phase One of the application must be submitted online at www.jkcf.org.
December 2013 Students selected for Phase Two must submit full application to UM Fellowship Committee for review and possible nomination.
January 2014 Students selected for Phase Two and nominated by the UM Fellowship Committee submit Full Application to Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.