Summer Art Intensive: Scholarships

Summer Art Intensive - Scholarships 2018

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. 

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. Learn more about this scholarship here.

Other cultural ministries and community leaders are working with us to extend this outreach for students throughout the five boroughs and metropolitan area, in order to ensure excellence in fine art education, through diversity.  As more scholarships are funded, applications will be posted here.




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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.