New Tim Cook Scholarship awards students in Alabama

Posted:
in General Discussion
Apple CEO Tim Cook is recognizing high school students with a new scholarship program in his hometown of Robertsdale, Alabama, with the first round of recipients receiving $7,500 each.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple


Cook is a native of the Robertsdale and graduated from Robertsdale High School. According to local media outlet WKRG, Cook has wanted to give back to the school for years. Now, a new scholarship program named after him has launched.

On Thursday night, seven Robertsdale High School students received the $7,500 Tim Cook Scholarship. In total, $52,500 was given in the first round of awards.

Robertsdale High School Principal Joe Sharp said several factors are taken into account when selecting the award recipients. Those criteria, laid out by Cook, include "grit, creativity, curiosity, academics, leadership."

Additionally, Cook has committed to awarding scholarships for at least the next 10 years. "You're talking around $50,000 a year," Sharp said.

"We hope we have a few more alumni that want to get involved like Mr. Cook has," Sharp joked.

This isn't the first time Cook has given money to educational institutions. In 2014, he donated $291,000 to a Pennsylvania school district for iPads.

Cook has also consistently donated company stocks that he directly owns to charity. In 2020, for example, he donated $5 million worth of shares to an unnamed charity. He did the same thing in 2019.

Stay on top of all Apple news right from your HomePod. Say, "Hey, Siri, play AppleInsider," and you'll get latest AppleInsider Podcast. Or ask your HomePod mini for "AppleInsider Daily" instead and you'll hear a fast update direct from our news team. And, if you're interested in Apple-centric home automation, say "Hey, Siri, play HomeKit Insider," and you'll be listening to our newest specialized podcast in moments.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 5
    harry wildharry wild Posts: 746member
    $7.5K from Apple is a semester depending if she/he lives away from parents! Ugh!  Pretty cheapskate of Apple!
  • Reply 2 of 5
    $7.5K from Apple is a semester depending if she/he lives away from parents! Ugh!  Pretty cheapskate of Apple!
    Apple, or Tim himself?
    MacPro
  • Reply 3 of 5
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 5,410member
    $7.5K from Apple is a semester depending if she/he lives away from parents! Ugh!  Pretty cheapskate of Apple!
    He just committed to at least $500K in scholarships over ten years out of his own pocket. But yeah, cheapskate. /eyeroll
    edited May 14 hydrogenjony0MacPro
  • Reply 4 of 5
    fred1fred1 Posts: 777member
    $7.5K from Apple is a semester depending if she/he lives away from parents! Ugh!  Pretty cheapskate of Apple!
    So I guess you give a vastly larger amount to charity? Which one? And no, it’s not from Apple. 
    jony0MacPro
  • Reply 5 of 5
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,154member
    $7.5K from Apple is a semester depending if she/he lives away from parents! Ugh!  Pretty cheapskate of Apple!
    He just committed to at least $500K in scholarships over ten years out of his own pocket. But yeah, cheapskate. /eyeroll
    Whilst it is no doubt a nice gesture, Cook is worth $785m, making $500k 0.06% of his net worth. Like donating a fairly cheap restaurant dinner to you or I. He has however vowed to donate his net worth to charity before he dies, which is commendable.
    jony0
Sign In or Register to comment.