Edwin and Rosemary Cook Health Sciences Scholarship helps Project PAUL clients reach educational goals
With the passing of volunteer Rosemary Cook on May 25, 2007 and long time director Ed Cook on January 14, 2008, Project PAUL, lost two of its most dedicated workers.
To honor the Cooks' decades of commitment to Project PAUL and to continue to support the organization and the people it serves, the Edwin and Rosemary Cook Health Sciences Scholarship has been established by Ed and Rosemary's son and current member of the Project PAUL's Board of Directors, Peter Cook.
The scholarship will provide supplemental funds for Project PAUL clients who are currently attending Brookdale Community College and are pursuing a degree in the health sciences field. Funds from the program can contribute to costs of tuition not covered by financial aid and other incidental costs such as books.
The scholarship fund is a fitting tribute to Ed and Rosemary, each of whom was a fixture at Project PAUL. Ed, a retired Merchant Marine and Deacon at St. Ann's Church, was instrumental in the founding of Project PAUL in 1980 and served as its executive director until he retired in 2006. He remained on the charity's board until his death.
In addition to wholly supporting Ed in his decision to serve at Project PAUL, Rosemary was herself a volunteer for the organization from the time of its founding. Because of her long service, she was well-known in the community and became something of a mother-figure for other volunteers.
The couple raised five children, all of whom share their parents' commitment to education.
It is hoped that the scholarship will expand over time to assist a growing number of Project PAUL clients, and that it can continue to be source of support for them for years to come.
Donations are currently being accepted. Anyone interested in contributing to the Edwin and Rosemary Cook Health Sciences Scholarship Fund can use the link below or contact Sister Vera Green at 732-787-4887 or at ProjPaul@aol.com.
Option 1: A check made out to Project PAUL, designated in the subject line to go to the ''Edwin and Rosemary Cook Health Sciences Scholarship Fund.''