The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarships for NYC Public High School Students

In an effort to continue Cooper Union’s tradition of meritocracy and opportunity, scholarships are available for local high school students who wish to pursue portfolio preparation and intensive study this summer.

The Summer Art Intensive is proud to offer thirteen full scholarships to students currently attending public high schools in New York City.

We welcome our partners in this effort, The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarships for NYC Public High School Students. Thirteen full scholarships are available for outstanding students currently attending a New York City public high school. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit. Application is through a portfolio review.

A very generous donation of $35,000 from Jeff Gural, Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and former member of The Cooper Union’s board of trustees, makes these scholarships possible. Thanks to this outstanding gift, we are able to continue Cooper Union’s tradition of meritocracy and opportunity for talented local students.

These 13 full scholarships are destined for dedicated students who currently attend a New York City public high school. The Summer Art Intensive will award these scholarships based on merit. We will consider the quality of the work, as well as the commitment and enthusiasm of the applicants.


Scholarships for Summer 2019 are now closed. Please join our mailing list to stay informed about Summer 2020.


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  • 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.