How to Apply

Important Scholarship Dates

NOV 21st 2023Early Application Deadline

DEC 5th 2023Final Application Deadline

FEB 2024

MAR 29th 2024Cooperman 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 2022 for both biological parents or guardian(s). If they do not file taxes, submit a completed non-filer form. Questions about financial documents? Schedule time to meet with a Cooperman Scholarship team member during virtual office hours by clicking here:

Type a response to the essay questions below:

Q1: In no more than 150 words, answer the following question: What is your “WHY” for choosing to attend college? Need help answering this? Check out this video!

Q2: In no more than 500 words, reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Q3: In no more than 250 words, discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

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 (Recommended if your GPA is below 3.0)

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

Download Application Checklist


Complete Two One-on-One Interviews

Some candidates will be invited to interview. Individuals who are asked to interview are expected to make themselves available on their scheduled interview dates.

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

February 10, 11 & 20, 2024
Individual Interviews (Virtual)

February 21, 22, 24, 27 & 29, 2024
Individual Interviews (In-Person)

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

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