Tom Cook Biography:
Tom Cook was born in Española, New Mexico where he was raised and attended the Española Public Schools. Tom graduated from Santa Fe High School around 1940 and then attended the University of Denver where he earned a degree in Accounting. After college, Tom joined the Naval Air Force and served in the United States Armed Forces as a pilot for three years. After his armed forces stint, Mr. Cook returned to northern New Mexico and began a career as an accountant with ZIA Company, a large contractor of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Around 1960, he was named the director of ZIA Company and also served on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos National Bank. Tom Cook was a strong supporter of youth development and scholastic achievement. Upon his death in 1995, he left part of his estate to the Los Alamos Community Foundation with the intent to provide scholarships for students in the Los Alamos and Española Valley areas.
In 2008 Valley National Bank in Española began administering a portion of these funds through what is now the Tom Cook Scholarship. Since 2008, one senior high school student from each participating school, Española Valley, Pojoaque, Mesa Vista, Coronado and McCurdy School (total of five scholarships per year) has been named a Tom Cook Scholarship recipient.
Mr. Tom Cook’s brother, Richard Cook, is currently on the Board of Directors at Valley National Bank in Española.
For more information about the Tom Cook Scholarship, call scholarship coordinator Gino Brazil at 505-747-5242.