Scholarship Dinner is May 4

sanders2Over 25 of the leaders and best from Shiawassee area high schools are making plans to attend the University of Michigan next fall. On May 4, the Cook Family Foundation will recognize these students and their families, all of whom will be awarded scholarships.  In addition, the 11th annual Bruce and Jacqueline Scholarship winner will be announced. This scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. As well, the Donald Cook Scholarship, a four-year award of $20,000, will also be granted.

This year’s speaker will be Erica Sanders, Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan. With a breadth of knowledge and years of experience, Ms. Sanders manages one of the largest and most competitive admissions processes in the country. This year, UM received more than 54,000 applications for about 6,000 available places in the class of 2020.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:30, on Wednesday, May 4 at the Owosso Country Club. All alumni of the University of Michigan, and other interested parties, are invited to attend; the cost is $35 per person.  All current UM students from the Shiawassee County region are also invited to attend as guests of the Foundation.  Please RSVP by April 30 to [email protected] or by calling 989-725-1621 so that adequate meals can be arranged.



Sam Whaley enjoys success at UM, and abroad


Sam Whaley, the 2012 recipient of the Bruce & Jacqueline Cook Scholarship, is graduating this spring, and will then be headed to graduate school in Chicago.  After helping out on a study abroad program in Spain this spring, Sam will start a 10 month program at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.  He has received a $25,000 scholarship to help him get his degree in Management Studies.

The Perry High School graduate, was recently one of only 30 students recognized as an James B Angell scholar for seven or more consecutive semesters. UM President Mark Schlissel and Provost Martha Pollock personally congratulated Sam for receiving all A’s while taking a full course load throughout his entire undergraduate experience.

Sam majored in International Studies with a concentration on Global Health and the Environment as well as Romance Languages: Spanish and French.  His academic interests were perhaps sparked by overseas programs in high school that were in part funded through the Shiawassee Scholars program.  During his undergraduate education, Sam took advantage of study abroad options and travelled to Spain, France, and Argentina.

At Michigan, Sam served on the executive board for Timmy Global Health, a student organization that advocates for global health, fundraises for the chapter’s partner in the Dominican Republic, and volunteers regularly on campus and annually in Mao, their partner city. He was also a research assistant at the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities in the School of Nursing and School of Public Health and worked at the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (LSA’s study abroad office) as a Peer Adviser.

“We are very proud of Sam’s accomplishments at the University of Michigan,” said Foundation President Bruce Cook.  “When we met him at Perry High School, we knew he would go on to do great things.  He has represented Shiawassee County well in Ann Arbor and around the world. We look forward his next great accomplishment.”

NonProfit Workshops in 2016

Ar386480_305655069471455_571129733_ne you a board member, volunteer or staff member of a Shiawassee nonprofit organization?  Then the upcoming workshops offered through the NonProfit Capacity Building program are for you.  Designed to improve the effectiveness of your organization, the workshops will provide helpful ideas and advice about volunteer management, fundraising on-line, grant-writing and leadership at both the board and staff level. Workshops are three-hours long, offered at a variety of times, and include a meal.  A schedule and description of workshops can be found on our “events” page.  There is no charge for members of the Shiawassee Nonprofit Capacity Building Program to attend these workshops.  This page describes the program and its eligibility requirements. Existing members are listed here.