Cook family makes long-lasting giving a priority
By Charlotte Tallman ’02
If you had to measure the success of the Cook family, you wouldn’t measure it just by their professional and family achievements, but also by the gifts of time and donations they dedicate to the communities and organizations they appreciate, including New Mexico State University.
Brothers Philip ’84, and Loren ’86, ’91, both College of Business Distinguished Alumni, and their wives, Sandra ’84, and Paula, make it a priority to give back in a way that demonstrates long-lasting impact.
“I decided a long time ago that you have to learn how to give, and you have to teach your kids how to give, or they will have to learn it by themselves,” says Philip, chief financial officer of Samson Resources. The couple made it a point to set an example for their two daughters, Laurel and Alexandra, not only in how they give, but also why they give. “As we decide where to give, it becomes all about the kind of impact we will have.”
One way they make an impact at NMSU is through the Philip and Sandra Cook Endowed Scholarship, which they created to help students who are qualified to attend NMSU, but are not able to attend their first semester without financial assistance. As a new endowment, the scholarship was first awarded to Alicia Munoz Galvan this semester.
“It is nice to give back to New Mexico and something we love, and we believe in the power of an education,” says Sandra, who is a philanthropic leader in her community.
Loren and Paula give to also make an impact, and together established the Loren and Paula Cook Current Use Scholarship and a permanent scholarship endowment. The current use scholarship has been awarded to six graduate students in accounting.
“I believe I am successful in business for many reasons, and I have a lot of people to thank. NMSU is one of those reasons, and I owe a lot of thanks to the university and the people within it,” says Loren, founder of Cook Legal Group and CTH Partners, a business consulting firm.
Loren says he and his siblings found success in work ethic and discipline because of the influence of their parents, Glenn and Eleanor.
Loren and Paula, along with their children Abbey, Connor, Madeline and Olivia, look for opportunities to give in a way that increases impact.
Both Phillip and Loren have dedicated time as well as money, serving on the NMSU Foundation Board of Directors and College of Business Advisory Boards and mentoring students both in their hometowns and on campus.
“What we do needs to make a difference,” Loren says. And it does – both for the students in the College of Business and the NMSU community as a whole.