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Membership Scholarships. For interested qualified individuals, whose income is at or below the federal poverty level, COPAA membership is available for a fee of $5.


Scholarship Donations. Please consider donating to any of the scholarship programs. You can donate online.  COPAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; all donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.


Beth Goodman Scholarship Program. Since 2003, COPAA has awarded Beth Goodman memorial scholarships to defray conference expenses for COPAA members who meet the financial requirements and who have made significant contributions to special-education advocacy, or who have a demonstrated interest and commitment to make future contributions to special education advocacy but could not otherwise afford to attend the conference. The scholarship honors the memory of Beth Goodman, a member of the COPAA Board until her death in 2002. Beth was an outstanding attorney who dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of students with disabilities in Washington D.C.Memorial Scholarships. Note: This is the only scholarship offered by COPAA that may cover expenses related to travel or lodging in addition to the registration fee.

Please log into your COPAA profile>members only>membership resources>Beth Goodman. to find details about the application process.

Due date 2/1/18



Registration Fee Discount (Financial Hardship) Scholarship: A limited number of qualified individuals whose family income is at or below the federal poverty level or have extenuating circumstances may apply for a conference registration fee discount. Attorneys, Advocates, Family members or Related Professionals with a demonstrated hardship are eligible to apply.  A limited number of attendees who qualify will receive a discounted rate off the conference fee; first come, first served.  All other expenses must be covered by the registrant.  As part of the scholarship program we ask that recipients volunteer 2-3 hours of time working at the COPAA conference. Interested applicants must send an e-mail to conference @ by 1/15/18 prior to completing online registration and explain why they feel they meet eligibility. 10-12 scholarships of this nature will be provided each year. If additional revenue is obtained this number may increase. COPAA Executive Director, in consultation with the Executive Committee will set the number to be awarded each year.  COPAA Staff Representative as designated by the Executive Director will manage the process and contact applicants to confirm eligibility and availability.

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