Josephine G. Cook Scholarship Foundation

Eddie Peterson

Edward J. Peterson, II
President of The Josephine G. Cook Scholarship Foundation


To assist any individual who is willing to achieve their maximum potential through continued education.

To encourage the involvement toward charitable organizations and humanitarian causes that will benefit the lives of all U.S. citizens wanting to reach their maximum capabilities.

Josephine G. Cook was born on March 7th, 1924. In her life she made many contributions to women in the field of education. She graciously taught the value of being self-sufficient, respect, the importance of having a deep faith and a burning desire to never give up, no matter how high the mountain is to climb.

Once completing her bachelor’s degree in education (partially funded by competing in scholarship pageants) she began her career in teaching cosmetology/hairstyling to African American women. Enhancing the self-image and the external look of minority women was a field that was scarce in her day. Josephine was a pioneer starting the first Afro American beauty shop in El Paso, Texas. She employed women so they could finance their dreams and endeavors.

Miss Cook received many honors and awards, but one of her greatest achievements was to marry Edward J. Peterson, a Chief Warrant Officer in the United States Army. Edward and Josephine were married 37 years and by each other’s side through his 21 years of military service. One of their greatest achievements as a married couple was raising their son, Edward J. Peterson, II.

It is an honor to name this Scholarship Foundation after my mother, Josephine G. Cook, who has been an influence in my life! Her amazing personal call to excellence helped pave the way for women to be more than they could have ever imagined. She has been my strength by her words of wisdom and making education so important in my life. I went on to receive two Master’s Degrees in counseling so that I could contribute to the world like she did. Sadly, Josephine G. Cook-Peterson passed away on July 20, 1999. She left behind many people that benefited from her journey through this life. Josephine did indeed leave this world a better place than when she entered it!

We hope that the many scholarship recipients will enrich lives through the power of education. In addition, to be outstanding and positive role models in their sphere of influence.

Edward J. Peterson, II
President of The Josephine G. Cook Scholarship Foundation


The Josephine G. Cook Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.