Each year since 2005, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Program awards 20 outstanding young musicians who have demonstrated financial need with $10,000 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist scholarships. To date, the program has awarded over three million dollars! These are competitive awards, so make sure that you give yourself adequate time to submit the best possible application.
Who is eligible for the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award?
Students between the ages of 8–18 who are full-time elementary, middle, or high school students are eligible to apply. College students and those who have already graduated from high school are not eligible to apply. In addition, the all of the following apply:
Applicants must demonstrate:
- Exceptional musical achievement
Applicants must have strong musical ability and a willingness to perform on the NPR show.
- Unmet financial need
Applicants must provide evidence of a family income insufficient to meet the costs of his/her musical pursuits (new instruments, music lessons, summer festival tuition, and travel, etc.). 90% of past recipients come from families with an annual household Adjusted Gross Income of under $60,000. Other factors may apply (cost of living, medical expenses, dependents).
- Academic achievement
Applicants must possess strong scholastic achievement indicated by good grades, academic awards, and strong test scores.
- Strength of character
Applicants must demonstrate drive, initiative, maturity, leadership, and a commitment to giving back to one’s community.
How much is the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award worth?
Twenty students will receive:
- Up to $10,000 to apply toward instrument purchases, summer camp tuition, college audition travel expenses, private lessons, or other music-related needs
- An appearance on NPR’s From the Top
- The opportunity to participate in From the Top’s Center for the Development of Arts Leadership Program.
When is the scholarship application due?
- Friday, September 3, 2021
- Monday, November 15 , 2021*
- Monday, January 10, 2022
- Friday, April 8, 2022
*High school seniors must apply by Nov. 15, 2021.
Best of luck to all who apply!