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UW-Eau Claire Seniors and Recent Alumni
Invited to Apply for Graduate Scholarships

RELEASED: Dec. 1, 2006

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation logoEAU CLAIRE — Outstanding University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seniors, as well as alumni who have graduated since May 2002, are invited to apply for nomination to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program, one of the largest and most competitive scholarship programs in the country. Scholarships can total as much as $300,000 (up to $50,000 per year for up to six years).

The foundation will award the graduate scholarships in early summer 2007 for use during the 2007-08 academic year, and will renew each award in subsequent years based on performance. Last year, the foundation awarded 76 of these scholarships to outstanding individuals with demonstrated financial need. A panel of national experts assists the foundation in selecting scholars. Candidates for the scholarship must be nominated by the faculty representative at their undergraduate institution.

Complete eligibility information and application materials are available on the foundation's Web site, or by calling 800-498-6478.

The faculty representative at UW-Eau Claire is Dr. Andrew Phillips, interim dean of graduate studies and interim associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. He may be contacted at phillipa@uwec.edu. UW-Eau Claire also has a Web site with specific information about applying for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship program.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation 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. In addition to the Graduate Scholarship Program, the foundation offers full scholarships to outstanding students with financial need who are transferring from two-year institutions to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor's degree, scholarships to help high-achieving youth develop their talents and abilities throughout high school, and grants programs in areas directly related to it mission. The foundation began awarding graduate scholarships in 2001. The foundation receives approximately 1,200 applications for these scholarships each year and has awarded scholarships to 285 recipients and granted $24 million to date.

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