LIFT Scholar Program

A $100,000 “Learning through Inquiry, Fellowship, and Tutoring” (LIFT) grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports:

“a regional academic enrichment program, mentorship, and test prep as a vehicle to propel talented, economically disadvantaged 7th and 8th grade students to pursue TJHSST as a viable option for their high school education. The LIFT program intends to at least triple the proportion of low-income students at TJHSST over two years.”

LIFT Scholars:

  • Attend Middle School Tech Institute (MSTI) to sample a variety of accessible and fun summer STEM courses;
  • Attend summer after-school sessions on such subjects as team building, having the right mindset to pursue their goals, and applying to TJ;
  • Are assigned a TJ student mentor who maintains electronic and in-person contact with them at least through the end of the school year;
  • Attend TJ test-prep sessions conducted by TJ faculty on four Saturdays leading up to the December admission test and are given testing materials to take home.


Over two thirds of the first class of 93 LIFT Scholars submitted applications to TJ’s Class of 2020 and eight were admitted. Members of the second group of 8th grade LIFT Scholars will hear from TJ Admissions this April.

Over its fifteen-year history, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $130 million in scholarships to 1,900 students and over $80 million in grants to schools and organizations.