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Johns Hopkins University
901 South Bond Street, Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231
Phone: 443-287-9960 | Fax: 443-287-9920

April 7, 2005
CONTACT: Amy Cowles

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Funds
Center for Summer Learning

The Center for Summer Learning at The Johns Hopkins University and Summer Scholars in Denver are co-recipients of a two-year, $200,000 Innovation Fund grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, announced by the foundation earlier this month.

The Innovation Fund s national call for proposals drew more than 550 applications from nonprofit organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia. A total of $730,000 was awarded to four programs geared toward helping high-ability students from low-income backgrounds.

The Center for Summer Learning and Summer Scholars will use their grant to implement and evaluate Achievement Plus!, a two-year pilot program to prevent summer learning loss in low-income students. The program includes six weeks of daily summer instruction in high-level reading and writing for 50 third graders from low-income communities in Baltimore and Denver. Achievement Plus! will also connect the students with services available from the youth talent programs at the University of Denver and The Johns Hopkins University. The pilot will begin this summer.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation established in 2000 by the estate of Jack Kent Cooke to help young people of exceptional promise reach their full potential through education. In addition to the Innovation Fund, the foundation's programs for outstanding students with financial need also include full scholarships for students attending graduate and professional school, scholarships for students from community colleges who want to earn four-year degrees, and scholarships to help high-achieving youth develop their talents and abilities throughout high school. For information, visit www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.

To speak with representatives from the Center for Summer Learning, contact Amy Cowles at 443-287-9960. Visit the center online at www.jhu.edu/teachbaltimore/. The Summer Scholars program is online at www.summerscholars.org/.

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