Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award

Note: This award was discontinued in summer 2014. See http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/graduate-arts-award/ . Final cohort selection occurred in Spring 2014.

See Dates & Deadlines page for schedule of information meeting.


The Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award, worth up to $50,000 per year for up to three years, will recognize and reward the nation’s most promising up-and-coming artists with one of the most generous graduate scholarships in the visual and performing arts and creative writing.

Middlebury seniors and alumni who’ve graduated since 2008 who have shown significant artistic merit and outstanding academic achievement--and demonstrated financial need--will be supported in completing a graduate degree in the visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. Artistic disciplines eligible for the award include music, performing arts (including dance and theater), visual arts (including film, painting, sculpture, and photography) and creative writing.

College seniors and recent college graduates who are interested in the Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award apply directly to the Foundation for Phase One of the application process, and then if named a finalist must receive endorsement from the Fellowships Office in the Center for Careers and Internships. Middlebury may be able to nominate up to two students to be considered for the Graduate Arts Award.

The Foundation’s Graduate Arts Award review panel – comprised of 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.


  • 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 significant unmet financial need.
  • A bachelor’s degree by the start of the fall semester.
  • Plans to begin their first graduate degree program in the performing arts, visual arts, or creative writing at an accredited college or university.

While the Foundation considers artistic and creative merit first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate significant unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • 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.

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

For more information on the Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award visit their website.


Deadlines (internal and external) for scholarships and fellowships listed on the Middlebury website can be found on the Dates and Deadlines page; external deadlines are also listed on program websites.

Phase One
Materials to be submitted:

  • Portfolio with descriptions and a summary
  • Short application including demographics, GPA, and other basic information
  • Financial information comprising of 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
More information about the application process and the application materials can be found at their website

Be sure to read the applicant guidelines before you begin your application online, and seek the guidance and support of your fellowships adviser before you submit.

Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G