Monday, April 12, 1999

Scholarship fund created for college student who lost parents




The Cincinnati Enquirer

        When University of Dayton officials heard one of their students lost both parents in Friday's tornado, they decided to do something to make sure the first-year student did not have to worry about his future at school.

        They created the Jacque and Lee Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund. Initially, it will help cover college expenses for the Cooks' son, Ryan. He is in his second semester at UD. His father also attended there, studying metallurgy.

        Administrators hope to make it grow into an endowment that will help other students after Ryan graduates.

        “We would hope it would be a scholarship at the University of Dayton that we would use for some type of tough situation,” said Jim Kelly, director of student scholarships. “But our big intent first is that we want Ryan to be able to stay at the University of Dayton for four years.”

        Ryan's loss was discussed several times on campus over the weekend, Mr. Kelly said, including at a faculty meeting Friday and at a scholarship dinner Saturday.

        “We're just really touched by this whole thing,” said Mr. Kelly, who lives in Covedale. “What a sad story.”

        The family was extremely appreciative, said Greg St. Arnauld, Mrs. Cook's cousin. “All of the outpouring of support has been tremendous.”

        To donate, send to the Jacque and Lee Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, the University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, Ohio, 45469-1621.

        The Mass of Christian Burial for Jacque and Lee Cook will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8815 E. Kemper Road in Symmes Township.

        Visitation will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the service begins.



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