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E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation


The E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation awards the E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship to deserving students  to advance education in fulfillment of our mission. The scholarships benefit Cincinnati Public School students who plan to further their education at a college or university.  E. Kathleen Cooke was a lifelong educator.  Soror Cooke’s journey into education began at her alma mater Lane College located Jackson Tennessee where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. After graduation Soror Cooke taught in the Chattanooga Public School system located in Tennessee. Later, she moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she worked tirelessly for Cincinnati Public Schools and supported organizations such as the Wellesley Child Care Center. Thus the passion for education!

Find out more about the E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation.


  • Graduating Senior

  • Cumulative GPA of a 2.80 or better

  • Be a student within the City of Cincinnati and surrounding communities

  • Acceptance to an accredited college or university with plans to enroll for the upcoming Fall semester.


Applications Open February 1 for the 2024 E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship Awards

Apply Now!!


The Foundation is creating an opportunity for large donors (those contributing 500.00 or more) to create a scholarship that they will be able to name and provide criteria (subject area, gender, GPA).  All contributions are tax-deductible. Who can Sponsor?


Individuals│ Organizations │Families │ Intake Lines│ Businesses


Interested? Please send the following to EKC:

Amount of the Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

Name of Scholarship

Payments can be made via the following:

PayPal at 
or you can mail your contribution payable to E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation - P.O. Box 24283, Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

All payments are due by February 1, 2024!

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Our 2023 Scholarship Recipients pictured left.

On April 9, 2022, the E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation (EKC), a partner and philanthropic arm of Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., awarded $10,000.00 in scholarships to students in the tri-state area at its inaugural Scholarship Brunch. The foundation also strives to carry out the legacy of E. Kathleen Cooke, a lifelong educator who served students in the Cincinnati Public School System and a Charter member of Epsilon Lambda Sigma Chapter. “Today, the foundation helped to lessen the financial burden families and their student (s) experience as they prepare for their intended college and/or university” said Dr. Terri Hurdle, who is the President of E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation. Eighteen scholarships which ranged from $250.00-$1,000.00 were awarded to eligible students. The event also highlighted the talent of our local youth and celebrated partners and donors.


















E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation 2022 E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship Recipients:


  • Allen Donegan-Centennial Scholarship

  • Christie-Lee Griffin-Centennial Scholarship

  • Dominique Dunlap-Charter Member Scholarship

  • Jakeim Sullivan-Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Jalen Smith-President Scholarship

  • JuJuan Hill- Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Kamaryn A Madry-E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship

  • Kamille Harris-President Scholarship

  • Keaura Powell-Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Keeziah Britten-Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Kolby Reynolds-Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Lanre Elemide-President Scholarship

  • Miranda Johnson-Epsilon Lambda Sigma Book Scholarship

  • Morgan Spearman-Shené P. Edwards Scholarship

  • Paris Gracelyn Bray-Dr. Terri Hurdle Book Scholarship

  • Trinity Monae Patrick-E. Kathleen Cooke Scholarship (Runner Up)

  • Tye R. Compton-Centennial Scholarship

  • Vincent Hargrove-Centennial Basileus La’Shaunda Ewing Education Scholarship

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Congratulations to the E. Kathleen Cooke Foundation 2020 scholarship recipients:

The scholarship was awarded to JuJuan Davis during the 2019 Annual Youth Symposium. Mr. Davis planned to attend Ohio State University in the Fall. Congratulations ​ Mr. Davis!



During the 2018 luncheon, Elise Sampson, a Xavier University undergraduate, was awarded with a $1,000 educational scholarship.

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