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Christian Education Means Better Leaders for Community, Church

One of the most compelling characteristics of FHU is the love that donors have for the institution. They understand that this is a place where faith and reason come together to create Christian leaders. Dean T. Cook is an example of such a person.

A devoted Christian wife for 62 years, Dean also worked for a dairy, a furniture store and a tax service in Kentucky and Florida. She loved her home and garden, but also enjoyed traveling. Thanks to a successful furniture business built on Christian values and exceptional business savvy, she and her husband James L. Cook were able to visit 30 states and 30 foreign countries and took several cruises.

Most importantly, Dean was devoted to the Lord. She became a Christian at a young age and remained a faithful servant throughout life. The Cooks were members of Seven Oaks Church of Christ in Mayfield , Ky., for 54 years. Dean, who died in 2013, wanted to leave a legacy for students interested in Christian education. She established the James L. and Dean T. Cook Endowed Scholarship in accordance with her desire to help young people. A strong proponent of Christian education, she believed it would help mold a young person's thinking and actions for life. She wanted to help students become better leaders in the community and in the church, according to her husband James.

Scholarship recipients must be graduates of a Graves County high school or home school, members of a Graves County (Ky.) church of Christ or have a parent who is a member, an accepted applicant of Freed-Hardeman University and under 21 years of age.

The scholarship is one of the largest scholarship gifts in the history of the university. When her husband was interviewed about the scholarship, he said is was all her idea. "She used to ask why more people didn't give to Christian education," said James. "It is not hard to make money; we were just country folk that worked hard. We believe in what Freed-Hardeman is doing and Dean believed this would have an impact on the future."

Students interested in applying for the scholarship may contact the Freed-Hardeman University Office of Financial Aid at 1-731-989-6662 for more information.

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