Foundation Awards Scholarships to Fifty-Four Top Students and Mourns Another Tremendous Loss
The Cook Family Foundation continues to support the best and brightest students to attend the University of Michigan. From ten high schools in the greater Shiawassee area, 54 students have been awarded scholarships to the University of Michigan. This year the scholarships awarded by the Foundation, the University of Michigan, and others totaled over $1,259,000.
Sadly, the morning following the recognition of these scholarship recipients, Jackie Cook passed away. She was married to Bruce Cook for 70 years, who passed away last October. You can read her obituary HERE
Emily Smith of Chesaning Union High School was awarded the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship, one of the highest accolades in the greater Shiawassee County region. This scholarship, has been funded separately by Bruce and Jacqueline Cook, provides four years of tuition to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a value in excess of $65,000.
Emily Smith was the 19th recipient of the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship. She is the daughter of Brad and Melica Smith and Allen and Amy Maier. Emily is the co-valedictorian of her class at Chesaning Union High School. She was also on the president’s list at delta college where she was dually enrolled. She was the president of the national honor society, the drive coach of the robotics team, the founder of the Student Voice Team, and the Saginaw Youth Ambassador. Emily was also asked to join the behavior support network in Saginaw County which is actively working towards better mental health support, resources and education for the community. Emily is enrolled in the College of Literature, Sciences and the Arts with plans to major in chemistry, biology, or psychology–with plans to work in the criminal investigation field- primarily criminal psychology.
In recognition of the Foundation’s benefactor, the Donald Cook Scholarship was awarded to seven students this year: Tanner Cummings (Owosso), Zachary David (Durand), Abigail Dryer (Owosso), Cassidy Flick (Perry), Payton Gutting (Morrice), Mya LaMay (Owosso) and Marisa Rose (Owosso). The Donald Cook Scholarship, endowed by the Cook Family Foundation, is awarded by the University of Michigan to a student attending the College of LS&A and is worth $20,000. Donald Cook was a 1924 graduate of the University of Michigan who established the Foundation with his wife Florence-etta in 1978.
Tanner Cummings of Owosso High School is the son of April Cummings-Holley. He is a Shiawassee Scholar, a three-year Academic Achievement Award winner, and has participated in Track and Field, Robotics, Drama, the Jazz Band and was a Marching Band Squad Leader. Tanner plans to major in political science and minor in economics to eventually become a labor/employment lawyer.
Zachary David of Durand High School is the son of Chad and Nickole David. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was on the All-A Honor Roll, a recipient of the school’s Honor Pin and lettered in academics. Zach is the recipient of a University of Michigan HAIL Scholarship and has a future goal of becoming an Actuarial Scientist or work in the field of General Mathematics.
Abigail Dryer of Owosso High School is the daughter of Jessica McClung and Bryan and Mackenzie Dryer. She is a Shiawassee Scholar, the Student Government Treasurer, and the class president and Salutatorian. Abigail has participated in the National Honors Society in both the Symphony and Marching Band, Madrigals Choir, Drama Club, Competitive Dance, and is an assistant dance teacher at Spirit Expressions Studio of Dance. She is a Lebowsky Center for Performing Arts volunteer and is very active in her church, Gracepointe Wesleyan Church. Abigail is the recipient of a University of Michigan Regents Merit award, and is planning to major in Psychology.
Cassidy Flick of Perry High School is the daughter of Barbara Flick. She is a Shiawassee Scholar and recipient of Honor Roll, Academic, Attendance and Teacher’s Choice Awards. Cassidy was also a participant in the Shiawassee Regional Service District’s Teacher Cadet Program, National Honor Society, Varsity Volleyball and coached youth volleyball. Cassidy is a recipient of U of M’s HAIL Scholarship and has plans for a future in upper elementary or secondary education, specializing in math and computer science.
Payton Gutting of Morrice High School. Payton is here with her parents, Glen and Brandy and her brother, Austin. Payton is a Shiawassee Scholar, and the Salutatorian of her class. She has logged nearly 70 hours of community service, was the Team Captain of Varsity Volleyball, participated in Track and Field and held the positions of National Honor Society Vice President and Student Council Senior Class Treasurer. Payton is enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts to study Pre-Law as a Psychology major.
Mya LaMay of Owosso High School is the daughter of Rusty and Jennifer LaMay. Mya has received scholastic writing awards, and has volunteered with the Steam Railroading Institute– working on the North Pole Express for several years. Mya was also a competitive swimmer for 11 years–holding the position of Team Captain the last year, and is currently the lead instructor for the Shiawassee Family YMCA daycare. Mya plans to become a doctor in Pathology.
Marisa Rose of Owosso High School is the daughter of Scott and Becky Rose. She is a Shiawassee Scholar and the Valedictorian of her class. Marisa is also the recipient of a University of Michigan Regents Merit Scholarship. She has been the two-year President and one-year Treasurer of the Youth Advisory Council, the club founder and President of the Genes in Diseases and Symptoms Club, the four-year Treasurer of the Class Council, and participant in the National Honor Society, Madrigals and A Capella Choir(s), the Drama Club, the Softball teams (travel and Varsity), and a MiRcore volunteer and more! Marisa is planning to major in biology with a minor in statistics with plans to become a genetic researcher to help people battling life-altering diseases.
Another special event was the awarding of the second Kuhlman Family Scholarship, funded by UM alumni, Dr. Paul and Kit Kuhlman. The second recipient is Jonah Smith, the son of Paul and Stacy Smith. Jonah attends Perry High School where he is the National Honor Society President and marching band drum major. He is enrolled at the College of Engineering to study Biomedical Engineering. The Kuhlman Scholarship is administered by the Cook Family Foundation, but funded by the Kuhlman Family.
Of the 54 scholarship recipients from the ten area high schools honored, seven are valedictorians, three are salutatorians of their class, and twenty-one of them are Shiawassee Scholars. Scholarship winners include, from Byron Area High School: Ruby Rittman and Madeline Stark; from Chesaning Union High School, Hannah Cooper, Joshua Sicard, Emily Smith, and Eric Waswick; from Corunna High School: Sydnie Gillett, Laurie Platner, and Isaiah Shook; from Durand Area High School: Mackenzi Aslin, Zachary David, Ethan Garner, Brandon HoptonCiera Justice, Nikitas Kalafatis, David Martin, K’Shawn Phillips, Jillian Reddy, Alaina Rouse, Simon Salaev (2019 Graduate), Hannah Sharkey, Keenan Shephard, Jaxon Smith, Mason Wells, and Molly Winson; from Laingsburg High School: Haley Cronk, Josephine Keenan, Kathryn Magyar, Sydney Morrill, Casmir Palazzolo, Olivia Rodriguez, and Ian Smith; from Morrice High School: Savannah Dansby and Payton Gutting Adrianna; from New Lothrop High School: Tyler Kohlman: from Ovid-Elsie Area High School: Ryan Gavenda; from Owosso High School: Claire Agnew, Tanner Cummings, Abigail Dryer, James Elford, Samantha Harris, Fletcher Johnson, Mya LaMay, Liam McGraw, Elizabeth Rood, Marisa Rose, Barbara Shepard, Sydney Somers, John (Jay) Tuttle IV, and Rylie Yeiter; from Perry High School: Cassidy Flick, Victoria Kilgore, Jonah Smith, and David Zheng.
With these awards, the Foundation has now helped more than 900 students attend the University of Michigan.