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Gene A. and Margaret Cook Scholarship

Margaret CookGene A. Cook

Gene A. Cook was born into a farm family of thirteen children.  He served in WWII and was awarded The Bronze Star.  After his service he returned to the Omaha area and worked in various occupations until he began his employment with the W. K. Kellogg Company in the 1950s.  He achieved management positions with Kelloggs and ended his career as a strong advocate for training and development.
Gene married Margaret Mollner Cook in 1942.  She became his life partner and oversaw their home-centered life.  Gene was especially proud of the way she managed their finances and tended his always-perfect wardrobe.  
From 1948 until Gene’s death in 2016, the Cooks lived in Benson.  For many years, they attended St. Bernard’s Church.  At the time of Gene’s death, they had been married nearly 75 years.  Their retirement years were devoted to caring for and enjoying their grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Because the Cooks were such astute stewards of their resources, it seems fitting that the proceeds from their memorial fund be used to train others to account for and manage resources.
Students must be enrolled in accounting programs and be from the MCC four county service area. This renewable scholarship provides funding for tuition, and fees.
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Full- or part-time students, for all MCC students
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Financial need required, as determined by MCC Financial Aid through completion of FAFSA
Scholarships are usually offered during the spring and fall quarters. Scholarship availability varies depending on donor giving.

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