Purpose of the Program
Private Donor Awards (PDA) provide financial assistance to students who have demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. Private Donor Awards are scholarships funded by gifts given to the University and administered by the Coppin State University Development Foundation. The Private Donor Award Program's main objectives are to increase student enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
Only those students who are currently enrolled at the University, have submitted all required scholarship application forms and documents, and meet the minimum scholastic and other requirements specified in the Private Donor Award Program policy will be considered eligible.
Students must submit an application during the application period. Application packets consist of an application form, a 300 word essay or personal statement expressing their educational and career goals as well as a current unofficial transcript. Application packets are due by March 1st of each year. Each applicant must complete a FASFA in order to be eligible to receive funds from the PDA Program unless that student is not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid. Applicants must also be registered and enrolled for the academic year prior to the completion of the application process.
Applications are due March 1, 2013.
To apply, download and complete the Private Donor Award application form.
Please review the Private Donor Award Program Application & Award Process.
Return your application and essay to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Miles Connor Administration Building
The Foundation will forward an award letter to each student which will be signed by the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Students receiving scholarship awards are required to write a letter of thanks to the individual (if living) or institution that provides financial support. Students are encouraged to visit the CSU writing lab or research how to write a "Scholarship Thank You Letter", if needed. All awards/scholarships are based on the availability of funds.
Students who maintain their academic progress and continue to adhere to the award guidelines are eligible for renewed scholarships each semester until degree completion if funds are available. These students must submit a re-certification packet for renewal by January 31st in order to be considered for renewal. An award in one semester does not entitle students to subsequent awards. Students must maintain the required grade threshold and other requirements of the respective MOU.
For more information you may contact Ms. Esperance Sutton, Coordinator, Private Donor Program at (410) 951-3824.