Nominations are being sought for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation national graduate scholarship competition.

This graduate scholarship program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country, will award graduate scholarships in early summer 2009 for use during the 2009-2010 academic year. Last year the Foundation awarded 35 scholarships.
College seniors and alumni who have graduated since spring 2004 may compete for the scholarships, which can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for six years).

Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution. Dr. Amy Fuqua is the representative for Black Hills State University. Contact Fuqua at 642-6397 or AmyFuqua@BHSU.edu by March 9 to nominate a student or to apply for the scholarship.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001, receives approximately 1,000 applications each year and has awarded 355 scholarships and given out $34 million.

The private, independent foundation was 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. For more details about the Foundation see www.jkcf.org.