Summer Art Intensive Scholarships


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The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarships for NYC Public High School Students

To be eligible, you must attend a New York City public high school. If you attend a New York City public high school, choose "Yes" when asked if you attend a New York City public high school to be taken to the scholarship application. 

In an effort to continue Cooper Union’s tradition of meritocracy and opportunity, we welcome our partners, The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarships for NYC Public High School Students. Scholarships will be awarded based on merit and are available for local high school students who wish to pursue portfolio preparation and intensive study this summer.

Made possible by the generosity of Jeff Gural, Chairman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and former member of The Cooper Union’s board of trustees, merit scholarships will be made available to a selected group of New York City public high school students. 

We will be accepting applications for The Jeff and Paula Gural Merit Scholarships for NYC Public High School Students from February 5 through May 6, 2024. 

Required application materials: Please upload up to at least 5 images of artwork made within the past 2 years. When submitting images of artwork, please be sure to have your artwork square with the edges of your image, your artwork is properly lit, and your images are in focus. 

You should include at least 1 drawing from observation (ie. a still life, a drawing from a model, or a landscape) and 1 self-portrait drawing. 

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