The Cook Family Foundation encourages the best and brightest high school graduates from the greater Shiawassee County region to attend the University of Michigan.  In addition to advice and help with the application process, the Foundation offers all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan a scholarship.  Enrolled UM students are recognized at our annual U of M Scholarship Awards Dinner each spring.

Cook Family Foundation Scholarships

All graduating high school seniors from the Shiawassee County region who have been accepted to the University of Michigan are invited to apply for a Cook Family Foundation Scholarship. These schools include: Byron, Chesaning, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Ovid-Elsie, Owosso, and Perry.  As well, applications are welcome from any Shiawassee County resident who has graduated from any high school, or is a home-school student, and has been accepted to the University of Michigan.

How to Apply

Students from the Shiawassee County area interested in attending the University of Michigan may apply for a Cook Family Foundation scholarship. Talk to your high school counselor, contact us for assistance, and fill out the scholarship application (click here) online.

The Donald Cook Scholarship

The Cook Family Foundation was founded by Donald Cook, a 1924 graduate of the University of Michigan.  In his honor, the Foundation annually awards a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year for four years) to a student enrolled in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts at the University of Michigan.  Financial need is considered in awarding this scholarship.  Any scholarship applicant from the Shiawassee County area is automatically considered for this award.

Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship

Each year, Bruce and Jacqueline Cook provide separate funding for a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan. The scholarship award is based on three primary criteria:

  • Academic success in high school
  • Leadership
  • Promise for future success

Students must be nominated for this scholarship program, based on GPA and SAT scores. Nominated students will be contacted by the Foundation in the late summer before their senior year.  Applications are screened according to award criteria, and the top five finalists are invited for personal interviews.

  • Applications are due: November 1
  • Award notification:  January

Jordan BannanUniversity of Michigan Visits
All nominees for the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship are invited to an overnight visit to the University of Michigan in early September. These students participate in small-group tours, visits with upperclass students from Shiawassee County and meet with representatives of Financial Aid and other student support programs.

Other potential U of M applicants are invited to attend a day trip to Ann Arbor. For more information, contact your high school counselor or email Bruce Cook.

UM Scholarships and Financial Aid
The University of Michigan offers additional scholarships, and each year several Shiawassee area students receive significant and prestigious awards, The University of Michigan also provides more need-based financial aid than any other college or university in the State.  Michigan residents who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the CSS Profile are promised financial assistance to make up the difference between their demonstrated need and the cost of attendance.