The Jack Kent Cooke Transfer Scholarship is the largest scholarship
offered in the US to community
college transfer students. See http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/
GPC students have won this award six times in
the last eight years. See their pictures and read their stories here.
The JKC Foundation is very STRICT, and many
otherwise deserving students are NOT eligible. There is NOTHING we can
do about their policies and procedures except to follow them to the
- See minimum criteria at http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/selection/
- Students CANNOT nominate themselves. They MUST be nominated
by a faculty member.
- We MUST maintain internal deadlines. We CANNOT extend the
students or faculty. We hope you will nominate your best
YOU must do so in a timely manner. It's difficult to construct a
winning application packet, and YOU must go out of your way in time and
- Students MUST transfer to a four-year college or university in
the next FALL semester. They CANNOT transfer in the spring or any
other term. It is possible that it could worthwhile for a student
to skip a semester or two in order to preserve the chance of getting
this scholarship. On the other hand, the odds are always against
making that assumption. I will look at a student's materials if
asked for an opinion.
- Students MUST write several essays and submit PERSONAL
information. The student's "story" is critical in winning a
scholarship. Students who are reticent need good counseling in
this regard. Personal details need not come out, and we at GPC
need to be very careful not to brag too much about specific obstacles
the student has overcome. But this information does need to go
into the application, and if the student feels privacy is more
important, then we should nominate another student.
- The student's family members MUST provide personal FINANCIAL
information. At least one nominee made it to the last round and
did not win because a parent's tax return was unavailable (due to
privacy or disorganization). There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
- See also http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/faqs/