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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

Designed for exceptional students with financial need, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Young Scholars Program allows students in grade 7 the opportunity to apply for financial assistance and advising throughout high school. For more information, please visit our Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program webpage.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation also generously provides grant funds to CTD, which are used to support school collaborations. These collaborations provide tuition-free CTD programming and NUMATS assessment for students.

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Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars

The Cathy Coughlin STEM Scholars program, established in memory of Cathy Coughlin, provides enrichment and accelerated STEM programming and academic guidance through CTD, designed to prepare participants for advanced coursework in high school and beyond. The scholarship covers the cost of all tuition and fees for programming and is renewable for up to three years. It is open to girls from the Chicago area currently in grade 6 who are demonstrating interest and exceptional potential in STEM areas and who have financial need. Each year, approximately 5 new scholars are identified. The scholarship provides:

  • Participation in CTD’s Opportunities for the Future Conference (summer event for parents and students)
  • A full scholarship to take a STEM course at the two- or three-week in-person Summer Program held on Northwestern’s Evanston campus (residential or commuter)
  • A choice of participating in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) to identify academic strengths and engage with a community of peers, a weekend enrichment program, or an online course through CTD.

For more information about the program and the application process, contact Elliott Cady, Manager of Admissions and Pathways Advising at

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If you have questions about any of these scholarships or financial aid for CTD programs, please contact the CTD admissions and pathways advising team for assistance.

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