William J Cooke Memorial Scholarship
In October of 2004, the Executive Board approved the establishment of the William J Cooke Memorial Scholarship Fund in recognition of Bill Cooke’s tireless efforts to improve the working conditions of his fellow brothers and sisters. Bill “Cooke” was a Teamster member for 31 years. For more than half of his career, Cooke served as an elected Union officer.
Applicants for the Scholarship must be:
• The child or grandchild of an active Local 623 member who had at least 12 months of consecutive membership in good standing.
• The child or grandchild of a member in good standing during the 12 months preceding the application deadline or, if retired or deceased, the member must have been in good standing for the 12 months preceding his/her retirement or death. The parent/grandparent can not be a current officer/employee of the Local Union.
• Currently in their last year of high school and planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school.
Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement and personal qualifications as determined by the Selection Committee. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, or any other legally protected status. All awards will be sent directly to the college or school of which award winners are enrolled and credited to their account for payment of authorized expenses (tuition, room & board, books).