The Cook Family Foundation recently recognized 25 students from the greater Shiawassee County area who are attending the University of Michigan this coming Fall. All of them have been awarded scholarships from the Foundation, and several have received additional scholarships from the University. In total, the scholarships awarded total $298,500. In addition to these merit-based scholarships, many of these students are also receiving need-based financial aid.
Jackie and Bruce Cook present their scholarship to Nolan Wendling and his parents Lisa and Allan Wendling
The following students from nine local high schools have been awarded scholarships from the Cook Family Foundation. Byron: Vanessa Kiefer; Chesaning: Jared Weisenberger; Corunna: Nathan Dennison, Anthony Ferzo, Stephanie Rasmussen; Durand: Madeline Dietrich, Tyler Lockhart; Laingsburg: Kirsten Johnson; New Lothrop: Arman Jacob Aznavorian, Bryce Birchmeier, Taylor Krupp, Cody Symons, Nolan Wendling, Kyle White; Ovid-Elsie: Logan Applebee, Hunter Charvat, Maureen Wiltsee; Owosso: Jordan Bannan, Caitlin Harrell, David Hoffa, Janae Hurd, Geoffrey McClung, Madison Van Epps; Perry: Alex Proudfoot, Taylor White
While all of these students are accomplished and at the top of their class, several students received special scholarships. Nolan Wendling of New Lothrop received the Bruce & Jackie Cook Scholarship, a four-year full tuition scholarship to attend the UM Ross School of Business. Kirsten Johnson of Laingsburg was awarded the Donald Cook Scholarship from UM’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts. Jared Weisenberger of Chesaning was named one of the prestigious Shipman Scholars and will study mathematics at UM. You can read more about the scholarships from the Cook Family Foundation (click here).
Tom Cook presents the Donald Cook Scholarship to Kirsten Johnson and her mother Brenda Johnson
The Cook Family Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso to contribute to the recent restoration of the 1225 Pere Marquette steam engine. This multi-year overhaul was necessary for the 1225 to gain Federal approval to carry passengers on its famous North Pole Express and other excursions.
The Steam Railroading Institute (SRI) will be hosting a Train Expo June 20-22 that will feature the 1225 and several other steam engines, special historical airplane exhibits, and an antique car show. You can learn more about the extravaganza at the SRI website.
The Cook Family Foundation provided some of the earliest outside funding to help support the growth of SRI at its location in Owosso, and its museum has become part of the cultural landscape and railroad heritage of Shiawassee County. SRI has also been a participant in the Foundation’s Nonprofit Capacity Building Program , and has used these resources to strengthen the organization, improve board governance, and carry out strategic planning.
The Cook Family Foundation’s spring newsletter just hit mailboxes (let us know if you want to be added to the mailing list) and is available on our website (click here). The cover story is about our support for the International Baccalaureate program that is bringing the world, and a world of opportunity, to students of all ages in the Owosso Public Schools. Inside the newsletter you will find our six goals for 2014, and our annual report where we recap of the grants we made in 2013.
If you haven’t had the chance, you may want to look around our recently updated website as well. In our “About” section, you can find a video that gives the history of our founders, Don and Florence-etta Cook, as well as contact information. Check out the “Nonprofit Capacity Building Program” section for details on upcoming education sessions, how to get support for local organizations, and to read our thoughts on collaborative efforts to improve the community.