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Faculty Members Create Scholarship

Dec. 10, 2010

      After giving their enthusiasm, insights and wisdom to Anne Arundel Community College students, two part-time instructors who are married to each other have teamed up to give back to their students in a new way.

      Craig Cook, M.D., and Evelyn Pisegna Cook, Esq., of Severna Park, recently established an annual scholarship to benefit students enrolled in AACC’s Legal Studies Institute programs and the Physician’s Assistant certificate program.

      Craig Cook teaches in the Physician Assistant program and Evelyn Cook in the Legal Studies Institute. They see many AACC students struggling to make ends meet while trying to afford a college education. In October, they set up the Evelyn and Craig Cook Annual Scholarship as an open fund capable of receiving additional contributions from any person, corporation or organization. Donations to the fund through the AACC Foundation Inc. are welcome at any time of year.

      Why give back in such a way?

      "The rewards, benefits, and choices that an education can provide to a person cannot be overstated,” they said in a prepared statement. “AACC performs a tremendous role by providing educational resources across all age groups in our state. We wanted to be part of that process both by teaching and helping others financially to achieve their goals of an education."

      Their fund will provide a $1,000 annual scholarship to a Legal Studies student and a $1,000 annual scholarship to a Physician’s Assistant student. To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need as determined by the AACC Financial Aid Office and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with preference going to a first-year student with renewal of the award to help them complete their studies. The first scholarship awards will take place in fall 2011.

      For information on contributing to the scholarship fund, contact the foundation at 410-777-2515 or For more information on applying for AACC institutional scholarships, visit