Jack Kent Cooke

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Graduate Arts Award provides scholars with up to $50,000 a year to pursue a graduate degree in performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing.

Seniors or students who have graduated within the past five years. A cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.2 or better and demonstrated unmet financial need are required. 

Eligibility Limitations:
Programs in art education, art history, arts administration, architecture, interior or industrial design, and curating are not eligible. Students must not have been previously nominated for the scholarship.

Scholars may use the award to attend any accredited graduate school in the US or abroad to pursue a graduate or professional degree in the performing arts, fine arts, or creative writing.  Applicants must plan on pursuing a career as a practicing artist in his or her field.

The award provides annual 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. 

Application Requirements:
Applications will be made available on the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website in October 2013. Phase 1 applications require a portfolio and basic demographic information. Phase 2 requires financial information.

Phase One Campus Deadline:
October 2013

Phase One Final Deadline:
November 2013

Phase Two Deadline (For semifinalists only):
February 2014

Phase 1 Semifinalists will be notified in January 2014. Scholarship winners will be notified in April 2014.

Who applies nationwide?
Recipients are chosen from a national pool, with approximately 200 nominees competing each year for up to 15 awards.

Website: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Email: scholarships@jkcf.org

Recent Brandeis University Winners and Finalists:
Congratulations to Rachel Bremen, Class of '96, a 2002 Graduate Arts Award winner!