AT U-M – Some of the most academically talented students from area high schools gathered at the University of Michigan on a recent trip to Ann Arbor. They have been nominated for the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship. (Courtesy Photo)
Twenty-six of the most academically accomplished high school seniors from the Shiawassee County area recently made a trip to Ann Arbor.
All have been nominated for scholarships to the University of Michigan by the Cook Family Foundation. One of the students will be selected to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship from Bruce and Jacqueline Cook.
In order to assist them with their college selection, the nominees recently attended an overnight trip to the University of Michigan where they met with admission officers, took a tour of the campus and stadium, attended a class and had the opportunity to spend time with students from the Shiawassee County area presently enrolled at the University of Michigan.
The students from nine area school districts were nominated because of their high grade-point-average and test scores; all are outstanding students. Based on their academic records, the promise of future academic success and demonstrated leadership capabilities, one of these nominees will be selected to receive the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship, which covers all tuition for an undergraduate education at the University of Michigan.
Each of the nominees will receive at least a $2,500 scholarship to the University of Michigan from the Cook Family Foundation. In addition to these nominees, the Cook Family Foundation provides a scholarship to every local student attending the University of Michigan.
The Cook Family Foundation was started in 1978 by Donald and Florence-etta Cook. Bruce and Jackie Cook of Owosso have followed the lead of Bruce’s parents by making a legacy gift to the University of Michigan to establish an annual scholarship for an academically talented student from Shiawassee County.
If they apply and are admitted to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the following students will be considered for the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook scholarship: from Byron, Kaila Daley and Mitchell Lawrence; from Chesaning, Rosemarie Calandrino, Anthony Edgar, Heather Mahoney and Abigail Wallace; from Corunna, Alexander Backus, Nicholas Mars and Connor Svrcek; from Durand, Jason Cottrell, Daniel Greeson and Allison Luchenbill; from Laingsburg, Hanna Angst, Julia Angst and Daniel Briggs; from New Lothrop, Clara Devota, Harrison Miller and Hannah Thomas (not pictured); from Ovid-Elsie, Conner Applebee and Emma Phillipson; from Owosso, Mary Basso and Carmen Chamberlain; and from Perry, Breanna Bixler, Nathan Davis II and Micah Johnson.
Past recipients of the Bruce and Jackie Cook Scholarship have included Nick Miller from Laingsburg in 2015; Nolan Wendling, New Lothrop, 2014; Emily Feuka, Perry, 2013; Sam Whaley, Perry, 2012; Adam Stewart, Laingsburg, 2011; Valerie Foster, Byron, 2010; Adam Dingens, Corunna, 2009; Randy Piper, Owosso, 2008; Dan Frechtling, Perry, 2007; Kendra Frye, Owosso, 2006.
In addition to scholarships to the University of Michigan, the Cook Family Foundation supports the strategic growth of community institutions that serve the residents of Shiawassee County.
Don Cook graduated from Owosso High School in 1920 and the University of Michigan in 1924 before coming to work at Wolverine Sign Works. Bruce Cook has a bachelor’s (1950) and master’s degree (1951) in Business from the University of Michigan, and joined Wolverine Sign Works in 1970. Jacqueline Cook graduated from the University of Michigan in 1952.