The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is saddened to mark the passing of Harold Levy, former executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Levy, who died last month, was a lawyer and former New York City Schools chancellor. He led the foundation, which awards thousands of scholarships to low-income students, from 2014 until earlier this year. 

CTY values its longstanding partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which extends to the foundation’s beginning in 2000. Both organizations seek to advance a common mission of access and inclusion focused on closing the excellence gap and helping high-achieving students from low-income families reach their full potential.

CTY has a formal relationship with the foundation in which CTY leverages its student recruitment to identify students and encourage applications for the Cooke Young Scholars Program. In addition, the foundation provides fee waivers for students participating in the CTY Talent Search and Pathways to College program.

Providing all students with equal access to opportunities of appropriate academic challenge regardless of demographic, educational, and sociocultural circumstances is a shared value of CTY and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. We owe Harold Levy a debt of gratitude for his tireless efforts to ensure the academic success of thousands of bright young students.


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