Update -- Student Emergency Grant Fund

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation has generously provided additional funds to help support students during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been created to provide quick response emergency grants to matriculated students in good standing with short-term financial emergencies. The Fund seeks to assist students so that they may continue their education at The Cooper Union, rather than being forced to take a leave of absence or to withdraw from school.

Students needing financial support related to the pandemic should apply for available funds. Applications will be reviewed by the Dean of Students. Funds will be awarded until the available funds are exhausted.

  • 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.