From Educator Edward Cooke Will Benefit Needy Students Enrolling
At The University Of Virginia
June 20, 2002-- The University
of Virginia has received a gift of more than $1.3 million from the
estate of educator Edward Cooke to fund scholarships for needy students,
particularly students from the Petersburg area.
who died in 1999, was a graduate of Virginia Tech and earned a masters
degree and doctorate in education at U.Va. in the 1960s. He devoted
his life to public education, spending 37 years as an administrator
in the Prince George County School System and 10 years in the Richmond
Public School System before his retirement in 1986.
left the majority of his assets to U.Va. and Virginia Tech, specifying
that the funds be used for scholarships. In keeping with Cookes
wishes, U.Va. will give preference to needy students and to students
from the Virginia counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George and Sussex,
and the cities of Petersburg and Colonial Heights.
came from a poor farming family in Southside Virginia, and he understood
the value of a college education," said J. Peter Clements,
president and CEO of the Bank of Southside Virginia, Cookes
great-nephew and co-executor of his estate. "He knew that a
good education made it possible for him to pursue his career as
a teacher and administrator. And he understood the growing need
for scholarship assistance because of the increased expense of a
of Keysville, Va., Cooke began his career as a vocational and agriculture
teacher at Carson High School in Carson, Va. He later served as
an elementary school principal and as assistant superintendent for
vocational education in Prince George County. He then became director
of vocational and career education in the Richmond public school
system. He also was director of the cooperative school program for
the Virginia State Department of Education.
Cookes devotion to education, as reflected in his life and
in his remarkable gift, will have a lasting impact on generations
of students. It is fitting that those who have few financial resources
and who come from Southside counties will particularly be able to
benefit from his generosity," said John A. Blackburn, U.Va.
dean of admission. "We are deeply grateful to Dr. Cooke and
his family for the establishment of these scholarships."
assets in Cookes estate consisted primarily of shares in the
Bank of Southside Virginia, a community-owned bank that has been
managed since the 1930s by the family of Cookes first wife,
Margaret Halligan Cooke, who preceded him in death. Cooke was a
former director of the bank.
Carol Wood, (434) 924-6189