Cooke College Scholarship

Scholar Semifinalist for Cooke College Scholarship

CDI is proud to announce that Class of 2017 Scholar Heven Haile is a semifinalist for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Cooke College Scholarship, that nation’s largest scholarship. She is one of 628 semifinalists chosen from a pool of more than 5,100 applicants. CDI congratulates Heven!

Money for College

At CDI, we hear over and over again that the biggest barriers to our students’ success is getting money for college. Many low-income, first-generation students are intimidated by the cost of college and assume that a community college or state school are their only options. In truth, small private colleges are often more likely to have the financial resources to provide substantial financial aid. Aid, including grants and scholarships, makes college a reality for students.

That’s why we’re so happy to share Heven’s great achievement and the wonderful work of the Cooke College Scholarship. The scholarship provides recipients with up to $40,000 annually for four years, enabling them to not only attend an excellent college at minimal cost to them, but to persist until graduation. They offer a number of programs that help make college graduation possible and we encourage you to check them out!

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to helping high achieving, low-income students. In addition to scholarships, they provide grants and direct services to students, and conduct research. Their programs include a Young Scholars Program and an Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, as well as the Cooke College Scholarship. According to a recent Washington Post article, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has given away more than $150 million in scholarships to over 2,000 students since their founding.


For the past eleven years, CDI has guided low-income, first-generation students to and through college. We know that a college education improves not only the lives of our students, but also the lives of their families and communities.  And we cannot do this work without the support of our generous donors – both foundations and individuals.

We hope you’ll also consider supporting low-income, first-generation students on their path to college and make a donation.

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