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Scholarships for 7th graders with high ability, low incomes

February 24, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

To meet their full potential, bright young kids often need enrichment, such as summer programs or music instruction. Yet the expense of such activities puts them beyond the reach of some bright kids’ families.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation wants to help. Its Young Scholars program provides scholarships to pay for the enrichment activities — and occasionally even private-school tuition — for students who are academically solid and financially challenged. (Wondering what “financially challenged” means? Applicants must have gross family income of $80,000 or less, and the Foundation reports that more than 90 percent of its scholar families earn under $60,000 a year.)

Students must apply during their 7th grade year. Those selected enter the program in 8th grade and continue as Young Scholars through high school.

Applications for current 7th graders are due April 16, 2012. The application package requires tax forms and teacher recommendations, so give yourself time to get everything together.

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