The Cook Family Foundation offers a scholarship to all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  We encourage the best and brightest high school graduates from the greater Shiawassee County region to pursue an education at a premier university, including the world class University of Michigan. For Michigan residents, UM may be your most affordable option and is certainly a great value.  In addition to providing advice and help with the application process, the Foundation is committed to helping students receive scholarships and the maximum amount of financial aid.  Watch this video to learn how and why we work with students:


Several scholarships are available to local students.  In addition, the University of Michigan provides an unparalleled amount of financial aid to students from the State of Michigan.

Eligibility:  All graduating high school seniors from the Shiawassee County region who have applied 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.  You must complete an application and be accepted to the University of Michigan to be eligible for a scholarship from the Cook Family Foundation.

Scholarships are available to applicants to any of the colleges at the University of Michigan: Literature Science and the Arts (LS&A); Engineering; Information; Business; Public Policy; Nursing; Kinesiology; Pharmacy; Public Health; Dental Hygiene; Education; Music, Theater & Dance; Architecture & Urban Planning; and Art & Design.  In addition, the Foundation provides scholarships to academically successful Shiawassee area students who choose to attend UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint.

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. You must complete an application to be eligible for a scholarship.

Foundation Scholarships:  At a minimum, any Shiawassee County resident enrolled in the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the Foundation in addition to any financial aid. This scholarship may be renewed for a second year if a student has unmet financial need. Scholarships are also available to students with a GPA of 3.7 or greater who have been admitted to UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint.

In all cases, the Foundation works directly with students and the University of Michigan to determine how to maximize the benefit of financial aid and scholarships, including those from other sources.  Some students choose to defer their scholarship for use in future semesters.

The Donald Cook Scholarship:  The Cook Family Foundation was established by Donald Cook, a 1924 graduate of the University of Michigan.  In his honor, the University annually awards a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000 per year for four years) to a student from the Shiawassee region who is enrolled in the UM College of Literature, Science & the Arts (LS&A). Financial need is considered in awarding this scholarship.  Any scholarship applicant from the Shiawassee County area who has applied to the LS&A school in Ann Arbor is automatically considered for this award.

Jordan BannanBruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship:  Each year, Bruce and Jackie 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 up to five finalists are invited for personal interviews.

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

University of Michigan Admission Process: 
The Foundation provides all interested students with assistance in the admission process.  When possible, we try and arrange for visits to UM campuses. We also provide online and virtual connections to UM resources. Please note, in this COVID-influenced time, the University has rules on safe visitation that may change; check out the latest guidance. The best protection for you and others is to be vaccinated.

Potential U of M applicants are encouraged to contact Bruce Cook.  We are happy to discuss college searches, the UM admission process, and scholarship opportunities with students and their parents.  We work closely high school counselor and UM officials.  Our goal is to help any interested student find a way to a University of Michigan degree; there are several pathways.

UM Scholarships and Financial Aid:
The University of Michigan provides more need-based financial aid than any other college or university in the State. For students whose family earn less than $65,000 the University promises four years of free tuition with the Go Blue Guarantee at any of its three campuses.  UM also provides financial assistance to many students with moderate incomes.  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. Each year several Shiawassee area students receive scholarships from UM and/or significant financial aid awards that make the University of Michigan affordable.  For all students, Money Magazine ranks UM as the top public university on its list of Best Value schools because of its in-state tuition discount, generous financial aid, and economic success of its graduates.

Recognition:  We are proud of student success and accomplishments.  The Cook Family Foundation presents its scholarships at high school honors events.  Enrolled UM students are also recognized at our annual U of M Scholarship Awards Dinner each spring.

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Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers about our scholarship process and applying to the University of Michigan.