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Alumnus Philip Cook endows scholarship in College of Ag Sciences

Posted: September 5, 2012

Students in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences will benefit from a new scholarship created by a gift from Philip Ray Cook, of Loysville. He has committed $50,000 to endow the Philip Ray and B. Joyce Cook Family Trustee Scholarship, which will assist students who have financial need.

The scholarship honors the memory of Cook's wife, B. Joyce Cook, and his father, Philip Reuben Cook, a 1928 Penn State graduate in Horticulture.

Philip Cook earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural Education from Penn State in 1951 and 1954, respectively. He was a member of several organizations, including Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Tau Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Zeta.

After graduating from Penn State, Cook taught vocational agriculture for four years at Hublersburg High School in Centre County and for eight years at Green Park Union High School in Perry County before attending the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his degree as a veterinary medical doctor. Today, Cook owns a busy Perry County veterinary clinic, where he still works daily as the only veterinarian in the practice.

The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University Park campus who have a demonstrated need for funds to meet their necessary college expenses.

Cook said he was motivated to establish the scholarship because he recalls his own financial need and his experiences as a student. "I needed $35 to start college," he said. "Money was always on my mind but graduation was my goal.

"Penn State is a molder of men and women," he explained. "I am Penn State forever."

The University will make annual additions to the spending account for this scholarship equal to 5 percent of the initial principal. The University will also match at 5 percent any additional contributions to be made to this fund as long as institutional funds are available and dedicated to this purpose.

Cook's daughter, Deborah Cook Fehnel, is a 1974 Penn State alumna in Health and Human Development, three of his grandchildren are current Penn State students and two are recent graduates.