The Cook Family Foundation offers all Shiawassee area students who are admitted to University of Michigan a scholarship.  We encourage the best and brightest high school graduates from the greater Shiawassee County region to pursue an education at a premier university. We believe all top students should consider the University of Michigan.  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.


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 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.

Scholarships are available to applicants to any of the colleges at the University of Michigan: Literature Science and the Arts (LS&A), Engineering, Nursing, Kinesiology, Music, Theater & Dance, Architecture, and Art & Design.

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 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 is applied to the LS&A school 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 the top five finalists are invited for personal interviews.

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

University of Michigan Visits
All nominees for the Bruce and Jacqueline Cook Scholarship are invited on 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 encouraged to contact Bruce Cook.  We are happy to arrange a day trip to Ann Arbor, discuss admission opportunities with students and their parents, and work with your high school counselor.  Our goal is to help any interested student find a way to a University of Michigan degree.

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. 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.

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.