Major Fellowship & Scholarship Advisement

Pam Newton, our Major Fellowship and Scholarship Advisor, recruits and advises student candidates and ensures that they get the support they need as they apply for major awards. She also keeps faculty up to date on major award opportunities and guides them in identifying strong student candidates for these awards. Once they begin the application process, student candidates receive regular assistance from the Advisor, the Center for Writing, the Center for Career Development, and any faculty interested in serving in an advisory or consultant role. See the list of supported major fellowships and scholarships.

Students interested in pursuing an award and faculty wishing to recommend a promising student candidate should contact Pam Newton ( Please include the following:

  • Full name
  • School/major
  • Current year of study
  • Brief summary of qualifications
  • Academic background
  • Award(s) being sought

What makes a promising candidate? Every award is different and emphasizes different skills and interests in its applicants; however, there are certain qualities that will increase a student’s chances of success across the board. The ideal student applicant can demonstrate:

  • Academic achievement
  • Ambition to pursue further research and/or study
  • Creative and original thinking
  • Strong writing skills
  • Leadership skills, including organization, initiative, and clear communication.
  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.