New Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship Created

POSTED ON: June 10, 2024

Forte Construction logo and 41 Cooper building

Leading New York-based general contracting firm Forte Construction Corp. announced the launch of the Forte Construction Corp. Scholarship Fund at The Cooper Union. Valued at $100,000, the fund will support the education of one four-year undergraduate student earning a degree at The Albert Nerken School of Engineering. When the selection process begins, the school will aim to identify a recipient who demonstrates an interest in construction and/or construction management.

“The Cooper Union has played a significant role in my life, and that of my family, allowing us to pursue a foundational education in engineering and construction—a passion that we now channel into the work we do at Forte Construction,” said President Larry Pappas, who graduated from The Cooper Union in 1998. 

He continued, “Shaping and educating the next generation of engineers is more important now than ever, when the nation’s expansive infrastructure needs are expected to reach upwards of $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years. Forte Construction is proud to play a part in that.”

Pappas’ brother, Forte Construction CFO Nick Pappas, graduated from The Cooper Union in 2002 and Pappas’ son is continuing the family tradition, now in his sophomore year at the college.

“Forte Construction has long believed in the importance of giving back, and we are honored to be able to support our partner’s alma mater with a scholarship that will create opportunity for the next generation of construction leaders,” said Vice President Stephanie Hudson.

Forte Construction Corp. is renowned for diverse projects across NYC and Long Island, collaborating with key government agencies like MTA, LIRR, NYCHA, NYCTA, and DASNY. The company performs a wide array of construction projects, including work as a prominent contributor to the accessibility and mobility of people with disabilities in New York City, installing over 60 ADA elevators throughout the subway system on behalf of the MTA.

  • 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.