Cooper Bailey

Cooper Bailey

CONCORD, N.H.–Cooper Bailey, a student at Hellgate Middle School in Missoula, Mont., has been named a Hervey Scholar at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in recognition of his academic promise and leadership potential. As a Hervey Scholar, Bailey begins his St. Paul's education this September as an incoming freshman. He will receive full funding for his attendance at the New England boarding school that seeks talented students from across the country and around the world.

The Cook Trust, established in 1973, underwrites both the Cook and Hervey Scholarships. The Trust was named in honor of Frank Hervey Cook, a Montana resident and successful cattle rancher who graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1919. Following his death in 1970, the majority of his estate was converted to a trust for Montana students who might benefit from a St. Paul's education. Since its founding, more than 76 Montana students have attended St. Paul's School. The Montana-based Cook Board selects recipients who meet St. Paul's School admission standards and demonstrate a desire to give back to their home state.

In the history of the Frank Hervey Cook Trust, the Hervey Scholarship has only been granted on one other occasion. The Frank Hervey Cook Trust Board of Directors reserves the award for exceptional years when a second student merits representing the Trust and Montana at St. Paul's School.

Bailey is a 4.0 GPA student and outstanding soccer and track athlete. Bailey captained the all-state Montana Olympic Development soccer team as well as set two school track records in the 4x100-meter relay and the 4x400 relay. Whether Bailey is excelling in the classroom or on the field, those around him recognize his relentless work ethic and compassion for others.

“I am very excited about all the new opportunities I will be provided with while at St. Paul’s," says Bailey. "I will be able to take many different engineering classes, play new sports – like squash, and meet people from all around the globe.”

Bailey’s scholarship requires him to complete a minimum of 50 hours of community service that benefits Montana, including a summer of service by the end of his summer before high school graduation.

Jael Kampfe, a Red Lodge, Mont.-based Cook Trustee and past Cook recipient adds, “I am so excited for Cooper and how his world will open up with this incredible academic opportunity. His humility, tenacity, humor, and kind leadership will represent Montana well as St. Paul's takes his learning and athletic acumen to another level. We have only offered a Hervey Scholarship one other time in the 46 years history of the Cook Trust, and Cooper well deserves it.”

Founded in 1856 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, St. Paul's School is a co-educational college preparatory high school in Concord, N.H. The 2,000-acre grounds are home to approximately 530 young men and women from 38 states and 20 countries. All students and the 100 full-time faculty members live on the grounds. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Those interested in learning more about the Cook Scholarship and the educational opportunities at St. Paul’s School may visit www.http://apply.cookscholarship.org. To learn more about St. Paul’s School, please visit their website, www.sps.edu.

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