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Local RCC scholarship recipients recognized

A number of local Rappahannock Community College students were recognized recently for winning scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year during a formal ceremony at the school’s Warsaw campus.

Also, Dr. Dorothy Cooke and the late Eldridge Cook, longtime Gloucester residents, were honored with a tribute during the ceremony for their integral role in securing an endowed scholarship fund for residents of RCC’s service region, especially those living in Gloucester.

Dr. Cooke was employed by RCC for 20 years, having attained the position of director of student services by the time of her retirement, according to RCC spokesperson Tom Martin. Instead of a retirement party, she asked for contributions to start the scholarship fund. Upon retiring, she organized fundraisers, and asked friends and family to consider donations to her endowment instead of holiday or birthday gifts.

Though Martin said the fund quickly grew to exceed $25,000, the amount did not satisfy Cooke. Among th...

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