The Sorensen Institute has kicked off the funding for the John W. Warner Endowed Scholarship Fund with a $150,000 donation from the fund’s namesake, former U.S. Senator John W. Warner (R-Virginia).

Senator Warner has long sought to encourage people to consider a career in public service office which, together with military service, are the greatest service one can provide to our country. He believes the Sorensen Institute provides the education and experiences people need to be successful in building a career in public service, whether through effective community leadership or through elective and appointed office.

“We are honored that Senator Warner has chosen the Cooper Center to help carry on his legacy of public service through this endowment," said Larry Terry, the Cooper Center's executive director. 

"For 30 years he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. Senate with dignity and personified the values that the serve as the foundation for the Sorensen Institute’s leadership programming. With this generous gift we aim to be even more accessible to communities across the Commonwealth by preparing leaders from a diversity of regions, backgrounds, and political parties with the skills they need to address the challenges of 21st century governance. I am grateful for Senator Warner’s generosity, as well as his willingness to partner with us moving forward as we continue to take the Sorensen Institute to new heights.”

Warner expounded on his views about Sorensen and its bipartisan, public service mission in the second part of a podcast series with Sorensen Director Larry Roberts that is being released to the public today.

Roberts noted that “for many, John Warner has epitomized public service. We are deeply appreciative for his service, his generous support of the Sorensen Institute, and the time he has devoted to our bipartisan programs promoting effective leadership."

To contribute directly to the the John W. Warner Endowed Scholarship Fund, visit, select, "My gift has special instructions," and type “Senator John W. Warner Scholarship Endowment Fund.”