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Friends of Cooke County Library adds to scholarship fund

by Darin Allred | Feb 28, 2014 <p> </p>

A group that loves books has made a donation that will ensure that Cooke County students have the opportunity to further their education.

The Friends of the Cooke County Library recently made a $9,200 donation to the North Central Texas College Foundation for scholarships. The group had previously donated $3,000, so the latest donation will allow their scholarship to be endowed.

The group, which raised money through book sales held several times a year in Gainesville, presented a check to NCTC Vice-President of Institutional Advancement Debbie Sharp at their meeting on Feb. 27.

"We work very hard on our book sales and we had some extra money that the library didn't have a need for, so we thought what better way could we give it back to our community than through our college to educate our younger generation and hope that they will learn to love books as much as we do," said Judy Barnes, the Chairman of the Book Committee for the Friends of the Cooke County Library.

All of the books sold at their book sales are donated either by community members or by local libraries. Many of the books sell for less than $1, so it takes a lot of books to raise money for a scholarship like this.

"Education is what makes us who we are," said Friends of the Cooke County Library Treasurer Ramona Tyler. "We feel honored that we can help local young adults be able to go to college. We are blessed to have a college in our county that they can attend."

Preference for the Friends of Cooke County Library scholarship will be given to a Cooke County high school student enrolled in dual credit courses, or a graduate of a Cooke County high school attending NCTC. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Two $500 scholarships ($250 in the fall and $250 in the spring) will be given to help two students.

"I think it's fantastic," said Sandy Tower, the President of the Friends of Cooke County Library. "I thoroughly enjoyed being at the Gala last year and hearing stories from the kids that have been recipients of this scholarship. We are glad we can do it."

The group usually holds their book sales on the first Thursday of the month at the former Bomber Bait building on Lindsay Street in Gainesville.


Friends of the Cooke County Library recently donated $9,200 to the NCTC Foundation to be used for scholarships. Pictured are (left to right) Friends of the Cooke County Library President Sandy Tower, Treasurer Ramona Tyler, NCTC Vice-President of Institutional Advancement Debbie Sharp, Book Committee Chairman Judy Barnes and Vice-President Gay Holcomb.