Success Stories

Since COPE’s inception (in 2006), we have seen great success.  Of course, the key to assisting our scholars is dependent on fund-raising efforts.  Some of these success stories include:

  • The organization’s first grant in the amount of $5,000.00 was awarded by our Life Honorary Members Mr. and Mrs. Leonard (Diana) Makens, Royal Enterprises of America in April of 2006. Additionally, other friends/individuals, banks, businesses, and foundations helped in supporting the organization’s mission.  Some of the donors have continued to support our organization since our launch.

  • The year 2008 was one for the books when the COPE Project met its goal for the first time and awarded 50 Scholarships.  Some of the partners and sponsors who assisted us were Alan Page, TCF, Otto Bremer and the WCA Foundations, Best Buy, Camphor, New Hope and Pilgrim Churches (St. Paul, MN) Carlson (Minnetonka, MN), Demetrior, Inc./Earth Beauty Supply (St. Paul, MN), Hoffman’s (Anoka, MN), Makens’-Royal Enterprises of America, Sands’-Western State Bank, Associated Banks (Eagan and St. Paul), Herbergers-Midway (St. Paul, MN), the David Agency (Edina, MN), Northwest Airlines, R.D. Mattson’s Company (Golden Valley, MN), State of Minnesota, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo Check Point (Minneapolis, MN), other individuals, businesses, and organizations from the surrounding communities´╗┐.

  • Each year, the COPE Project continues to hold the Annual Fundraiser and Celebration/Gala where we raise scholarship funds for our students.  Our scholars and donors/partners have a chance to meet each other, and this by far has the greatest impact on the students and donors.




We are proud and honored that the following partners have supported the COPE Project:


Concordia University (Saint Paul, MN), Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)
and Cretin-Derham Hall High School (Saint Paul, MN)

Darden Foundation (Orlando, FL)

Ecolab Foundation (Saint Paul, MN)
T C F Foundation (Minnetonka, MN)

Associated Bank (Eagan and Saint Paul, MN)
T C F Banks (Lexington-Saint Paul, Minnesota/Twin-Cities)
Western State Bank (Saint Paul, MN)

Barnett’s Body Shop (Byram, MS)
Best Buy (Richfield, MN)
Burnsville’s Toyota (Burnsville, MN)
Byerly’s, Twin Cities
Chilli’s Twin Cities
Cub Foods, Twin Cities
CU Mortgage Services, Inc. (New Brighten, MN)
The David Agency, (Edina, MN)
Herbergers’ Midway (Saint Paul, MN) 
Hilton Hotel (Airport and Downtown Minneapolis)
Hoffman, Inc. (Anoka, MN)
Inver Grove Honda and Toyota (Inver Grove Heights, MN
Macco’s Collision Repair (West Saint Paul, MN)
Minnesota Private College Counsel (Saint Paul, MN)
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (Minneapolis, MN)
Oak Tree Energy (Clark, SD)
Olive Garden and Red Lobster, Twin Cities
The Noodles & Company, Twin Cities
Quick Silver Express, Twin Cities
Saint Paul Public Schools, District 625 (Saint Paul, MN)
Target Stores (Twin Cities and Shakopee, MN)
Unity-Unitarian Church (Saint Paul, MN)
Walmart Foundation/Sam's Club and Walmart Community Grant (Twin Cities, MN)


Individual Partners

Dr. and Mrs. John(Hazel) Bennett (Minneapolis, MN)
Mr. David R. Busch and family
Mr. James John Byme and family
Mrs. Kristen Ellison (D B A Kricket)
Mrs. Celeste O'Donnell and family 
Mrs. Tori Richardson Hill and family
Mr. Gregory Ries and family
Dr. Mary Tanghe and family
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Whyte



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