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    November 7, 2006
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Jack Kent Cooke winner chooses Tyler graduate painting program

work by Ben Fountain
A work by Jack Kent Cooke scholar Ben Fountain, who is enrolled in the Tyler School of Art's graduate painting program. (Image courtesy of the artist.)

Ben Fountain, a first-year M.F.A. student in the Tyler School of Art, has been selected as one of just 77 recipients nationwide of a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship for graduate study in his chosen field.

He’s one of just 14 pursuing the fine and performing arts, and the first Jack Kent Cooke scholar to select a graduate program in painting.

A native of Moscow, Idaho, who graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art,

Fountain chose Tyler because of the premier reputation of its graduate program in painting — ranked among the top five by U.S. News & World Report.

With the help of Tyler painting department chair Margo Margolis, he applied for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship for graduate study.

In announcing this year’s recipients, Matthew J. Quinn, executive director of the Foundation, said, “Our objective is to help high achieving students who have financial need, whether they are attending a school in rural Kansas or Harvard Medical School. 

Ben Fountain
(Photo by Joseph V. Labolito / University Photography)

“The graduate scholarship recipients know hard work and sacrifice. 

These scholarships recognize their devotion to their education, reward their efforts, and provide an incentive to continue excelling...and, we hope, to benefit society.”

For more information, please contact Harriet Goodheart.




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