How to Apply

Important Scholarship Dates

DEC 4th 2020Early Application Deadline

DEC 11th 2020Final Application Deadline

FEB/MAR 2021

APR 2021Cooperman Scholars Announced


Confirm Your Eligibility

To be considered for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Be an Essex County, NJ Resident
  • Demonstrate Financial Need
  • Be an Essex County High School Student in 11th grade
  • Have a 2.75 GPA or Above
  • Commit to a 3-Week Summer Academy

View full eligibility guidelines


Complete Online Application

Create an account and begin! You can save your progress on the application and login to the system at anytime until the application deadline. To complete this application, you will need to supply the following:

Upload* a copy of your high school transcript that includes your grades from 9th and 10th grade. Include a list of your currently enrolled 11th grade classes, as available.
Verification of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
Upload* one of the six required verification documents listed here.
Financial Verification
Upload* a tax return (Form 1040) from 2019 for both biological parents or guardian(s).

Type a response to the essay questions below:

Q1: In no more than 650 words, recount an incident or time when you experienced a failure or a personal challenge. What lessons did you learn? What would you do differently if a similar incident arose?

Q2: In no more than 300 words or in a 2 minute video, answer the following question: What do you envision for your future and how will going to college help you in that path?

Student, Family, and School Information
Input background information about you, your family, and your school. The family section may require that you consult your parent/guardian.
Upload* a full-faced photo. All photos should only include you and be properly focused. Please refer to the College Board’s photo guidelines as a helpful reference.
Letter of recommendation

*Please prepare to upload all documents in “.pdf” or “.jpg” format.

Download Application Checklist


Complete An Interview

Some candidates will be invited to interview. Individuals who are asked to interview are expected to make themselves available on any of the dates below.

If an applicant is selected for an interview, he/she will be notified at least 3 days before the interview date.

February 2021
Group Interviews

March 2021
Individual Interviews

*Failure to attend an interview will forfeit consideration for program participation.

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