LCPS Receives $200,000 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Grant

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) a $200,000 Academic Enrichment Grant to support and expand the Edge Academy program.


The LCPS grant was part of $1.1 million in grants the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awarded to six programs focused on closing excellence gaps. These Academic Enrichment and College Access and Success Grants extend the Foundation’s commitment to preparing high-achieving students with financial need to succeed at the nation’s top colleges and universities.


“These organizations support exceptional students with tremendous ability and limited resources to advance their educational goals,” said Seppy Basili, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s executive director. “These grantees provide a proven framework of programming to help close these excellence gaps and enable students to reach their fullest potential.”


Edge Academy engages high-achieving students in an intensive exploration of STEM content with the goal of developing them into thinkers, communicators, creators and contributors. It prepares them to enroll and succeed in honors-level courses in middle and high school.


The Edge Academy program started during the 2017-18 school year. It was funded with a $35,000 Good Neighbor Grant from the Jack Kent Cook Foundation. The initial grant application was submitted by the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) on behalf of the LCPS Science Department. Edge Academy served 90 students at Meadowland, Sugarland and Forest Grove elementary schools during its first year.


The latest $200,000 grant will allow the program to expand to eight schools and serve 240 students. The Edge Academy will take place in six elementary schools and two middle schools this school year. The schools are Forest Grove, Guilford, Meadowland, Sugarland, Sterling and Sully elementary schools and Sterling and Seneca Ridge middle schools. The program will take place for 18 weeks (two nine-week sessions). The first session begins September 18th.


“The Loudoun Education Foundation is very excited to see the expansion of the Edge Academy,” said LEF Executive Director Dawn Meyer. “This is a wonderful program that provides a unique learning opportunity in STEM education, while also closing the excellence gap. The LEF greatly appreciates Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s leadership, generosity, and commitment to this program.”


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded $190 million in scholarships to nearly 2,500 students from eighth grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The Foundation also has provided over $100 million in grants to organizations that serve such students.


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