Dr. Robert H Cockle served as the Superintendent of the Watertown School District for 18 years. He was instrumental in the development and growth of the Lake Area Technical Institute. He believed that all high school graduates should have opportunities to attend post-secondary training at either a technical school or university. As a life-long educator, Dr. Cockle valued the idea of "life-long learners." This scholarship was created by the family of Dr. Robert H Cockle.