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 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:


Barnett’s Body Shop (Byram, MS)
Best Buy (Richfield, MN)
Burnsville’s Toyota (Burnsville, MN)
Byerly’s, (Twin Cities, MN)
Chilli’s (Twin Cities-MN)
Cretin-Derham Hall High School (Saint Paul,MN)
CU Mortgage Services, Inc. (New Brighten, MN)
Darden Foundation (Orlando, FL)
Ecolab Foundation (Saint Paul, MN)
Herbergers’ Midway (Saint Paul, MN) 
Hilton Hotel (Airport and Downtown Minneapolis)
Hoffman, Inc. (Anoka, MN)
Macco’s Collision Repair (West Saint Paul, MN)
Martin's Fish House (Jackosn, MS)
North Memorial Health Foundation (Robbinsdale, MN)
The David Agency (Edina, MN)
The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (Minneapolis, MN)
The Noodles & Company, Twin Cities
Wells Fargo Foundation (Minneapolis, MN)


Current Educational Partners

Concordia University (Saint Paul, MN),
Jackson State University (Jackson, MS)
University of Saint Thomas (Saint Paul, MN)
Saint Paul Public Schools, District #625 (Saint Paul, MN)


Current Foundations/Business Partners

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

Architect McGlory Studio (Minneapolis, MN)
Best Buy (Eagain, MN)
Christ Temple Church (Roseville, MN)
Cub Foods (Twin Cities - MN)
Horizon Agency, Inc. (Edina, MN)
Inver Grove Honda and Toyota (Inver Grove Heights, MN)
Minnesota Private College Counsel (Saint Paul, MN)
Oak Tree Energy (Clark, SD)
Olive Garden and Red Lobster (Twin Cities - MN)
QuickSilver Express Courier (Little Canada, MN)
Radisson Blu Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)
Servion, Inc. (New Brighten, MN)
Split Rock Parking, LLC (Bloomington, MN)
Target Stores (Twin Cities and Shakopee, MN)
Unity-Unitarian Church (Saint Paul, MN)
Vermillion Elevator, Inc. (Vermillion, MN)
Walmart Foundation/Sam's Club and Walmart Community Grant (Twin Cities - MN)


Individual Partners

Mr. Kevin Armstrong,Esq. and family
Ms. Valerie Michelle Arnold and family
Captain Thomas Bailey/family
Dr. and Mrs. John(Hazel) Bennett (Minneapolis, MN)
Mr. David R. Busch and family
Mr. James John Byrne and family
Mrs. Kristen Ellison (D B A Kricket)
Mrs. Michelle Harris/Tanghe family
Dr. Renard Hill and family
Mrs. Tori Richardson Hill and family
Ms. Patricia Ann Mattson and family
Mr. William Carl McKay and family
Mr. Andrew McGlory and family
Mr. Micheal O'Donnell
Dr. Natasha Pyfrom-Kebasso/family
Mr. Gregory Ries and family
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron(Althea) Rupert
Rev. Jeffrey Smith and family
Dr. Mary Tanghe and family
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Patricia) Whyte
Ms. Aloida Zaragoza and family



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