The William A. and Alma A. Cooke Scholarship Fund was established by the William A. Cooke Foundation to help support high school students, residing the counties of Louisa and Orange, to further their formal education through accredited college, university, or vocation school in the United States. While Cooke never had the opportunity to pursue traditional higher education, he recognized the advantages of such an education in enabling a life of public service.
The foundation offers three types of scholarships for 2014 including a four-year bachelor’s degree scholarship, of which six scholarships of $20,000 each will be awarded; two-year community college/technical school scholarship, of which six $2,000 each scholarships will be awarded; and undergraduate transfer scholarship in which the foundation will award $10,000 in scholarships over two years to help students earn a four-year degree..
Funds will be paid directly to the educational institutions as tuition come due. Awards will be available for tuition, fees, books, room and board. Continued funding is contingent upon the student carrying 12 credit hours of course work and maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 for the first year and 2.5 for each year thereafter. Both need and merit will be considered when making an award.
The board may also approve additional scholarships of a year-to-year basis.
More information is available at www.wacookefoundation.com, or call the office at (540) 967-0881.