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About Us

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SaraRose Martin, a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Noah Petersen, a freshman at the College of William & Mary, are the recipients of the Virginia Press Women Foundation's 2017 Agnes Cooke Scholarship.

The Virginia Press Women Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation with the purpose of administering and raising funds for college scholarships. We're affiliated with Virginia Professional Communicators. The VPW Foundation offers an annual scholarship to a deserving Virginia college student who's interested in pursuing a career in communications.

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How to Apply

The Virginia Press Women Foundation sponsors the Agnes Cooke Scholarship Program every year. The deadline for the 2018 scholarship is Wednesday, February 28. You can downlod the application here in either Microsoft Word format or pdf: docx/pdf.

How to Donate

The foundation's legal nonprofit status means that when you donate to the foundation, your gift is fully tax deductible. You can support our scholarship endowment in other ways, from making a stock donation that could be tax-free and tax-deductible to you, to including the Foundation in your estate planning. Review our bequest language and additional suggestions: doc | pdf

Our History

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Virginia Professional Communicators was founded in 1958 as Virginia Press Women and is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. The annual scholarship is named in honor of Agnes Cooke of Kinsale, Va., who was a charter member of VPW and served as president from 1964 to 1966. She was well known in the Northern Neck of Virginia for the columns she wrote for 25 years chronicling the everyday events in her community. VPW created the foundation that now administers the scholarships in 1992.


Board Members

The foundation's business is conducted by an elected board of members:


Our Affiliations:

Virginia Professional Communicators

National Federation of Press Women


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VPW Foundation Meets Fundraising Goal

Thanks to the generosity of VPC’s members and supporters, the Virginia Press Women Foundation has reached its capital campaign goal of $25,000.

The campaign, "A Foundation for the Future: Investing in Excellence in Communications," sought to create a sustainable program that can continue to raise money and award scholarships to college students who wish to pursue careers in communications.

The VPW Foundation deeply appreciates the contributions of VPC members and friends. We welcome your ongoing support--especially as college costs continue to climb. Again, thank you. Your gifts make a difference.