Scholarship Spotlight

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF)

This foundation, created in 2000 by the philanthropist Jack Kent Cooke awards money to “promising students.”  Among the many classifications of students who receive an award are Non-Traditional Students (NTS).  While many of the blogs at “You Can Do College” have focused on persons considering beginning college, the JKCF encourages students with 2-year degrees to return to college for their 4-year degree.  Some of the awards for NTS have been as high as $30,000!

From the site,, here is an excerpt:

“The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established by Jack Kent Cooke to help exceptionally promising students reach their full potential through education. Launched in 2000, the Foundation focuses in particular on students with financial need. The Foundation’s scholarship and direct service programs support the education of approximately 650 remarkable students each year, while our grantmaking allows thousands more to engage in challenging educational experiences.”

If money is what stands between you and your returning to school, there are a lot of scholarships out there for the NTS.  It will be well worth your time to browse the Internet in search of these awards.  Just enter the search terms “Non-Traditional Student” and “scholarship” and you will be amazed at the opportunities that await you!  Good luck!


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