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Bernie and Michael Cook Presidential Scholarship established

The Lamar University Foundation has established a new endowed scholarship for all students majoring in business. The Bernie and Michael Cook Presidential Scholarship in Business was funded through a donation from Laura Cook, wife of Bernie Cook and mother of Michael Cook, in their memory

.“This scholarship will allow the College of Business to attract and retain many good students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend,” said Henry Venta, dean of the College of Business. “This scholarship will also help by associating a distinguished name in the community with the College of Business.”

Mr. Cook was born and raised in Clyde before continuing his education at Lamar. He attended Lamar on an athletic scholarship and lettered in football, wearing the number 44. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and married Mrs. Cook that same year. Mr. Cook worked in accounting for United Gas Pipeline for 11 years before becoming a property manager and inventory specialist at Lamar. He retired in 1997 after 28 years of service to the school. He was active with Lamar alumni and was the director of the Sabine Oaks Nursing Home before his death in 2009.

Mrs. Cook was born and raised in Port Arthur. She attended Lamar and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, serving as second vice president. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education and went to work for the Beaumont Independent School District.

The Cooks’ son, Michael Cook, was born in 1959. He attended Forest Park High School, where he excelled at sports. Like the elder Mr. Cook, he wore the number 44 on the football team. He later went to work for ExxonMobil as a control room supervisor before his death in 2010.

The College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and was named one of the 296 Best Business Schools in the nation by the Princeton Review.

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.