Cooke Alumni Association
The Cooke Alumni Association aims to empower the Cooke Community through Professional Networking, Social Engagement, and Community Service. All Cooke Scholars who have completed a scholarship program with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation are members of the association. Below are opportunities provided for Cooke alumni to contribute to and benefit the Cooke Scholar community:
The Cooke Alumni Association consists of chapters across the United States and the United Kingdom. Chapters are groups of Cooke Scholars and alumni who gather together periodically throughout the academic year to network professionally, engage socially, and perform service. These events include Mr. Cooke's Birthday in October, Cooke Networking Event in January, and Graduation Party in April.
Cooke Connect is the official networking platform for Cooke Scholars and alumni. The platform allows scholars and alumni to share news and updates with one another, seek and offer professional opportunities, and receive the latest news from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. In addition, you can use Cooke Connect to find a mentor or mentee and search for Cooke alumni working in your city. You can sign up in less than two minutes by registering with your LinkedIn or Facebook profile, or email address at www.cookeconnect.com.
Help the foundation discover the next generation of Cooke Scholars. CORP is a volunteer program where scholars and alumni can inspire and encourage high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds in schools and communities across the country by sharing valuable information about the Cooke scholarships with prospective applicants. CORP members are provided with the training and materials needed to conduct outreach and presentations in their communities.
The Cooke Mentorship Program (CMP) allows alumni and scholars of the foundation’s scholarship programs to develop strong professional networks. Mentors and mentees meet virtually or in person once a month over the course of the academic year to increase their knowledge within the field(s) of interests, expand awareness of professional opportunities, and foster beneficial connections within the Cooke community.
The 2016 Cooke Alumni Summit took place October 7-9, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. Following up on a successful inaugural summit in 2015, the 2016 event featured engaging speakers, interactive workshops, powerful networking opportunities and the chance to build relationships within the Cooke Community.
The Matthew J. Quinn Prize is a $10,000 award that may be given annually to one or more current Cooke Scholars or alumni in the Cooke Foundation's higher education programs recognizing outstanding achievement during the prior two years. Such achievements might include the publication of an important work, development of an innovative solution to a significant societal problem, or creation of a useful community program.