Deadline Approaching for the 2024 Agnes Cooke Memorial Scholarship

$2000 Scholarship Available for Virginia Students

The Virginia Press Women Foundation is proud to offer $2000 for the winner of the 2024 Agnes Cooke Memorial Scholarship. American Horse Publications (AHP) Media Professional member Valerie Ormond is on the Virginia Press Women Foundation Board of Directors. She said, “With all the talent in the equine communications field, I wanted to share this opportunity with our community.”

The scholarship is open to female and male students and to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in journalism, photojournalism, public relations or another related communications field. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university to apply. Students must be attending a Virginia school or be a Virginia resident attending a school outside the state. Full-time and part-time students are eligible, and financial need will play an important role in the selection of recipients. Graduating seniors may apply for the scholarship. Students pursuing graduate studies may provide information about the program they’re enrolling in on the application.

To be considered for the scholarship, the file containing entries must include all of the following:

  • Three (3) samples of student’s work
  • A resume including communications experience and academic accomplishments
  • A signed letter of recommendation specifically for this scholarship

Please note: incomplete applications will not be eligible.

Applicants must fill out the application at this link: Virginia Press Women Foundation Scholarship Application ( and submit it, along with other application materials, in a single PDF document. Send completed applications to Scholarship Chair Robyn Sidersky at by Friday, April 26, 2024. If there are questions about the application, students may contact Robyn via email. When submitting packages, please include VPW SCHOLARSHIP in the subject line.

The scholarship will be awarded at the end of the spring semester, and the winner will be honored during the Virginia Professional Communicators’ fall conference.

Contact information:
Valerie Ormond

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