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The Jeffery and Paula Gural Merit Scholarship

for New York City Public School Students

The Jeffery and Paula Gural Merit Scholarship will cover the cost of the Summer Art Intensive tuition and necessary art materials. 

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Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a New York City public high school to qualify for a scholarship. 

Portfolio Requirements

5 images files of your artwork (not exceeding 10MB in size per file). Files can include more than 1 image. Format files can include jpeg, png, tiff, and pdf.
  • Artwork made within the last 2 years.
Include 1 drawing from direct observation. Ie. a still life, a model, landscape. People, places, or things that are physically in front of you that you then transpose onto paper.
Include 1 self portrait.

  • Optional: For video and animation work, provide links to your Vimeo or YouTube videos.

Written Statement

In 1500 characters (including spaces) or less, write about what you hope to gain from the experience of studying art this summer.

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive is profoundly grateful to Jeffery and Paula Gural for their generous contribution by establishing The Jeffery and Paula Gural Merit Scholarship for NYC Public School Students. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at summerartintensive@cooper.edu. Please add this email address to your contact list, so that communications do not go to spam.

  • 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.