Scholars of Minnesota-C.O.P.E. Project/a.k.a. COPE (COPE-Creating Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist underrepresented students in obtaining educational opportunities, financial support, and other resources necessary to reach their highest academic, professional and personal goals.

Our purpose is to provide academic scholarships to college-bound students attending public or private high schools in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. We also assist them with programs and activities which will prepare them in making a smooth transition into a post-secondary educational program of their choice. 

COPE Project’s students/members are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA or above, fill out an application by June 1st of each year, attend an orientation/workshop, participate in the Annual Scholarship Program and Gala each year, and write a thank-you letter to the donor(s) who sponsored their award.  Community involvement is emphasized and encouraged by requiring high school seniors to volunteer 100 hours of community service.  Additionally, students who continue in the program and receive awards each year are required to volunteer 50 hours of community service.  This experience provides scholar members with the opportunity to build social support networks within the community, with other students, and with adult mentors.  Community service also helps students to increase their personal leadership skills. 

Although the majority of our participants are young people of color, “first generation” Scholars, the organization will not exclude any other interested and qualified individuals.  Our organization is committed to assisting all students who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and appreciation necessary for our rapidly changing, culturally diverse and global society. 

Since COPE’s inception in 2006, we have assisted approximately 350 community students with scholarships; and, as of December 2016, 35 of our members have graduated from a college or university. In addition, 33 of our students received scholarship awards for the 2016 fall semester.

 

Note: The funds that are collected in Jackson, Mississippi will support Scholars attending Jackson State University.