James L. Cook established the James L. and Dean T. Cook Scholarship at Freed-Hardeman University in 2014 to honor the memory of his wife. It was done in accordance with her desire to help young people, James Cook said. A strong proponent of Christian education, she believed it would help mold a young person’s thinking and action for life.

Between 2014 and 2021, 91 scholarships totaling $743,117 have been awarded to 28 Graves County students. Earnings from the endowment fund the scholarships. In the fiscal year ending May 31, 2021, the fund grew from $2,257,018 to $3,167.833.73.

Ten students received scholarships for the 2020-21 school year totaling $94,054.00. Recipients were: Ryan Overby, Aaron Copeland, Minlie Glover, Alec McClain, Kaylen Bunch, Jackson Glover, Kelsey Bunch, Elizabeth Peters, Max Wilson and Paiton Williams.

Scholarship recipients must be graduates of a Graves County school, members of a Graves County church of Christ or have a parent who is, and accepted applicants of Freed-Hardeman who are under 21 years of age.

Long-time residents of Graves County, the Cooks were married for 62 years. They were members of Seven Oaks Church of Christ (formerly Seventh and College) for more than 50 years.