Chuck Cooper Foundation Scholarship

The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity which was established to honor the legacy of Pittsburgh native and Duquesne All–American, the late Charles “Chuck” Cooper. Cooper was the first African-American player drafted into the NBA. Cooper, who exemplified athletic scholarship and leadership at the highest levels, went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Social Work, after retiring from the NBA. Cooper worked in variety of community-focused leadership positions and was a PNC community development banker until his untimely death in 1984. He mentored and encouraged others to develop their leadership potential as well. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to continue to honor the legacy of Chuck Cooper by supporting the community's future leaders through annual graduate school scholarships to underserved students.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 2019
MINIMUM GPA
3.0

ETHNICITY
African-American

RESIDENCY STATUS
U.S. Citizen

ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION
Current Graduate School Student at the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University, Carnegie Mellon University, or Point Park University who are enrolled and participating in a graduate program for the fall semester of 2019. 

FINANCIAL
Demonstrated financial need as determined by the applicant’s college or university.

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
From someone who knows you well e.g., faculty member, coach, advisor, etc.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT
Scholarship recipients are required to volunteer their time and energy to participate in programs offered by the Chuck Cooper Foundation including the Chuck Cooper Leadership Development Program (CCLDP). The CCLDP is a program for Chuck Cooper scholars and for a select group of promising African-American undergraduate juniors and seniors currently attending college in Pittsburgh. Scholarship recipients will actively participate in a series of workshop sessions and will lead a team of undergraduate students in a service-oriented team project. Failure to successfully complete the CCLDP can lead to forfeiture of all or a portion of any scholarship award. 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE
January 30, 2019. 

Application