Student Research & Fellowship Opportunities

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To alleviate the pressing financial burden of the ever-increasing cost of living in New York City, many alumni and non-alumni have supported Cooper Union students by establishing named scholarships and fellowships. The income generated by these special funds offers vital support to deserving students.


General Financial Aid Scholarships Irwin & Lillian Appel; H. Carl Bauman; Robert C. Bosch; Julius Dingenthal; Edward Durbin; Kathleen Gerla; Mindy & Drew Greenwald; Alexander C. Grove; Salvatore & Tina Guzzardi; Julian Hirsch; Marilyn Hoffner; Samuel J. Jaffe; Dr. Peter Kabasakalian; Estelle & Daniel Maggin; Vincent P. Malahan; William H. Okun; Nathan G. Ramer; Michael A. Rampino; Benjamin Reich; Charles Lowery Robertson; William H. Sandholm; Louis Schmidt; Emil Schweinberg; Allen Speiser; The Starr Foundation; Charles Stumpp; Solon E. Summerfield Foundation; Arlene and Irving Tashlick; Clifford Warren; Bert Weinstein.

Samuel J. Jaffe Medici Scholarship was fully funded in 2008 to help preserve the full-tuition scholarship policy and ensure that this tradition continues far into the future. Medici Scholarships underwrite the full-tuition scholarship of individual students—one after another—in perpetuity.

The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Gus J.& Helen Condaris; Ismar David; Manuel & Flora Fernandez; John Q. Hejduk; George & Selma Klett; John Loeb & Frances Loeb; Mari Souval Spacedrafting Foundation.


The Irma Giustino Weiss Cultural Enrichment Fellowship

Launched in 2002–2003, the Irma Giustino Weiss Cultural Enrichment Fellowship Program at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art provides extraordinary access to cultural resources for exceptional students who seek a deeper understanding of the context of art and architecture. Endowed by Mrs. Irma Giustino Weiss, a 1945 alumna of the School of Art, this unique program to enhance the undergraduate experience is open to high-achieving, highly-motivated students in art and architecture, beginning in the freshman year. Throughout their years at The Cooper Union, Irma Giustino Weiss Fellows will take part in a focused exploration of the cultural riches in these select cities including visits to museums and galleries, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, specialized libraries and historical sites. Guidance Counselors are encouraged to communicate this new fellowship program—available only to entering freshman students of The Cooper Union—to top high school students with strong interests in higher education in art and architecture. Applications will be made available to formally accepted students to the School of Art and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture. To view a sample application form, please visit our website at:

The William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowship program was established in 2008 by John and Harriet Mack at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture in memory of their son William Cooper Mack, class of 2006. Cooper, as he was known to all, first entered The Cooper Union in the School of Art, where he studied for one year before transferring to the School of Architecture. His work to weld tradition and research, technology and science, art and architectonics in the search for new answers to longstanding questions in architecture was recognized through awards and prizes that included the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, the Peter W. Bruder Memorial Fund Structures Prize and the Bert L. Stern Architectural Award from the Lotos Club Foundation.

The Thesis year affords each student in the School of Architecture the freedom to shape, in every sense, a project that stands as a culmination of the design sequence. Thesis students are encouraged to deeply examine personal as well as broad cultural, social and environmental concerns toward an architectural solution incorporating program, site, technologies and poetics. William Cooper Mack Thesis Fellowships are awarded each year to support primary research and inquiry in the development of significant and original thesis projects.

The Palmer Hayden Travel Fellowship supports travel Abroad For African-American Students In Art and Architecture

Commencement Awards and Prizes

Edwin Sharp Burdell Award, to that member of The Cooper Union community who during the past year has done most to further the mutuality of science and art.

The New York Society of Architects Matthew W. Del Gaudio Award, for excellence in total design.

The American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal and Certificate of Merit, to the first-ranked graduating student in a first professional degree program.

The American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate of Merit, to the second-ranked graduating student in a first professional degree program.

Alpha Rho Chi (National Professional Architectural Fraternity) Medal, to a graduating student who has shown an ability for leadership, who has performed willing service for his or her school or department and who gives promise of real professional merit.

The Cooper Union Alumni Association Annual Award, to a graduating student for outstanding service to the school

The Abraham E. Kazan Award for Urban Design was established in 1965 by Co-Op Village in honor of Mr. Kazan, recognized as the father of non-profit cooperative housing programs. This is given to a graduating student for outstanding performance in urban design

George Ledlie Prize, to a graduating student as selected by the dean

Peter W. Bruder Memorial Prize, to a graduating student for excellence in structures

Allen N. Goldfischer Memorial Award, for a graduating student whose thesis project best explores relationships between humanistic and aesthetic principals in an urban context. This fund was established in 2004.

  • 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.