John Cook Award
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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 DOE’s 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 Convention and any costs associated will be underwritten by the VCAF Board.

Award Description

This award is presented annually to a VCA member who has a long and meritorious history with the Association.

Nomination Procedure

To nominate a candidate for the John R Cook Award, email Suzee Leone at the VCA Foundation. Be sure to include the full name of the nominee, the reason for the nomination, and your name.

Nominations are due no later than October 1.

If the attachments for your submission exceed the slots available on the form, any extra attachments should be emailed as attachments to the Committee. You must still complete the online form. Email the Awards Committee

Virginia Counselors Association
316 Hodges Cove Road, Yorktown, VA 23692 | Ph: 757.766.5466 | Fax: 757.766.5467 |