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This year COPAA offers Three Different Conference Scholarships:

Beth Goodman Scholarship Program

CLOSED, deadline was 1/10/17

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. This is the only scholarship that may include travel or lodging expenses in addition to the registration fee. Please log into your COPAA profile and click the link above or select member only> member resources > and Beth Goodman Scholarship. Deadline is 1/10/17


 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.

 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 1/10/17 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.


New This Year!  2017 COPAA Diversity Scholarships

To further COPAA’s strategic goal to be a more diverse civil rights organization with a membership reflective of the community we represent, the COPAA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of the 2017 COPAA Diversity Scholarships.

COPAA will award up to 20 registration waiver scholarships for the main COPAA Conference, March 3-5th in Dallas, Texas for the specific purpose of increasing the diversity of conference attendees and members who meet such criteria as: underrepresented geographic areas, socio-economic levels, linguistic, ethnic or racial status, persons with disabilities). See COPAA Diversity Statement.


The scholarship is targeted to allow diverse participants who could not otherwise afford the registration fee to attend. All other related expenses must be covered by the applicant.  


Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

This scholarship program is CLOSED, we received many more applications than we have scholarships available. A COPAA representative will be contacting those who applied with the status of the award.  





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