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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Graduate Arts Award

IU Deadline: Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Phase One National deadline: Nov. 26, 2013, by 12:00 p.m., noon, Central Time
Phase Two National deadline: Feb. 25, 2014

The 2014 Graduate Arts Award application for Phase One launches October 2, 2013.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually. In 2014, the Foundation will select up to 15 recipients for this award.

The award provides funding for tuition, room and board, required fees, and books. Scholarships amounts vary based on several factors, including costs at the institution each recipient attends and other grants and scholarships the student receives.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

A review panel of distinguished artists, arts faculty, and university administrators select Scholars using criteria including artistic or creative merit, academic achievement, financial need, will to succeed, and a breadth of interest and activities. College Seniors and recent college graduates who are interested in the Foundation's Graduate Arts Award may not apply directly to the Foundation, but 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 Graduate Arts Award.

All scholarship nominees must plan to begin their first graduate degree program on a full-time basis at an accredited university in the Fall of 2014. Recipients are chosen from a national pool, with approximately 200 nominees competing each year for approximately 15 awards.

The criteria the national panel will use for selection include the following:
  • Senior standing or have graduated from an accredited four-year US 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 2014 semester
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program at an accredited college or university in the Fall of 2014
(The Foundation's Graduate Arts Award review panel - comprising distinguished arts faculty and professionals - rigorously evaluates each application to identify exceptional individuals who not only have exceptional artistic or creative promise, but also demonstrate academic achievement and the will to succeed in their chosen fields. Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards. Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.)

For additional information about the scholarship, go to

Indiana University - Bloomington Nominee Selection Process

Indiana University may nominate two candidates for the 2014 competition.

To be considered for selection as an IU Bloomington candidate, eligible students must submit the following materials for Phase One:
  • Portfolio with descriptions and a summary
  • Short application including demographics, GPA, and other basic information
  • Financial information comprising the last three years' AGI for yourself and for your parent(s) if you are under 30 years of age
If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. Phase Two application requirements will include:
  • Continuation of student application
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Student Air Report (SAR) from the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume/Curriculum Vita (limited to 2 pages)
  • Official Transcript(s) - for all undergraduate coursework
  • Nomination from your Faculty Representative

Students need to fill out the on-line application available from the Foundation's Web site at