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Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarship for New York City Public School Students

Scholarship Applications for 2021 will be up soon. 

The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarship will cover the cost of the Summer Art Intensive tuition.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City public high school to qualify for a scholarship.
  • You will be notified via email regarding your application status.

Portfolio Requirements for the Merit Scholarship Application

Students are encouraged to apply even if they are new to the mediums they are interested in studying. You will be asked to provide, via the application link:

  • A portfolio of 10—20 jpeg images of your artwork (not to exceed 4MB in size per file).
    • Only submit work made within the last 2 years.
    • Include drawings from direct observation.
    • Include a self portrait.
    • For video and animation work, provide links to your Vimeo or YouTube videos.
  • Written Statement 

    • In a statement of no more than 250 words write about what you hope to gain from the experience of study art this summer.

  • 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.