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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Invites Phase One Applications for Graduate Arts Award

Deadline: November 28, 2012

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the United States or abroad.

The Graduate Arts Award is for students who plan to pursue a career as a practicing artist in their field. Eligible fields of study include fine arts, performance or studio art, music (including vocal, instrumental, composition, or conducting), dance, drama and theater arts, creative writing, and television and film. Scholars are selected based on a range of criteria, including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, desire to engage in and contribute to the world, self-confidence, and resilience.

Applicants must possess exceptional academic records and demonstrate unmet financial need. At a minimum, each candidate must have senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year U.S. college or university within the past five years; a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.20 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent); demonstrated unmet financial need; a bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall 2013 semester; and plans to begin their first full-time graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2013.

U.S. citizenship is not required. Candidates, however, must have attended and be nominated by an accredited undergraduate institution in the U.S. The program has no age restrictions. Only individuals who have not already enrolled in graduate school or earned a graduate degree are eligible.

Awards can provide as much as $50,000 annually. In 2013, the foundation will select up to fifteen recipients for this award.

For the first time this year, the award program will have a two-phase application process. College seniors and recent college graduates may apply directly to the foundation during the first phase. If a student is invited to continue in the second phase, he or she must be nominated by the foundation’s faculty representative at their institution. Each college or university may nominate up to two students to be considered for the award.

Visit the foundation’s Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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