John Cook Award
History of the John R. Cook Award
The VCA Executive Committee first approved the John R. Cook Award in 1991 to honor Dr. Cook for his many contributions to the counseling profession both in Virginia and nationally. John Cook was the first recipient in 1991. Dr. Cook had a long and distinguished career as a guidance counselor in Richmond and he later joined the guidance staff at the Virginia Department of Education (DOE). He became the DOEs Director of Guidance in 1972 and held the position until his resignation in 1981. Dr. Cook played a key role in promoting standards for elementary guidance and counseling. He was instrumental in establishing the VCA Foundation for which he has been the largest benefactor. Longwood College bestowed upon him the Doctor of Humane Letters degree in 1996.
In 2011, the VCA Foundation (VCAF) Board requested that VCAF be tasked with the selection of the recipient and the VCA Executive Committee granted this request. The John R. Cook Award will be selected by a committee of the VCAF from nominations from Board members. The Cook Award will continue to be awarded at the VCA Annual Conference and any costs associated will be underwritten by the VCAF Board.
Description of Award
This award is presented annually to a VCA member who has a long and meritorious history with the Virginia Counselors Association , the VCA Foundation, and the counseling profession.
Prior Award Recipients:
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