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Contact: Tom Parisi, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-3635

November 14, 2007

NIU students, recent alums encouraged to apply for dream scholarship

DeKalb, Ill. — Bradley Bond, associate dean of the Graduate School at Northern Illinois University, is working to get the word out on a potential dream scholarship for top students.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Program will award about 40 scholarships to seniors and recent graduates planning to attend graduate school for the first time starting in fall 2008. The annual scholarship competition is open to individuals who have received an undergraduate degree within five years of their projected entrance into graduate or professional school.

Awards cover the cost of tuition, living expenses, fees and books. The maximum annual award is $50,000, and the maximum length of time that a student can receive the scholarship is six years. The scholarship is transportable to any program, anywhere in the world.

“This is a great scholarship,” Bond said. “That sort of money—as much as $300,000 over six years—can take a student to almost any university.”

Students can apply at the Cooke Foundation Web site: However, they must also be nominated by their undergraduate alma mater. A university fellowship committee will review the NIU applicants. From that pool, the committee can only nominate one NIU student or alum.

“We sent one name forward last year, but we did not get many applications,” Bond said. “We want students to be aware of this scholarship so that we have as strong a pool of candidates as possible.”

The scholarships are awarded to high achievers with financial need. Bond advised interested students to look through the materials on the Cooke Foundation Web site.

“Students will need to devote some time to the application, which requires some writing on their part,” Bond said. “It would also be helpful for them to look at the list of recipients in the last few years. They can see the type of students the foundation has recognized in the past with its scholarships.”

NIU’s internal deadline for applications is Feb. 14.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation that helps young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. Jack Kent Cooke was perhaps best known as the long-time owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team.