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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. Qualified individuals whose income is at or below the federal poverty level, or who currently experience extraordinary expenses that effectively reduce their family income to the poverty level, are eligible to apply for COPAA membership at a reduced fee of $5. All applicable benefits of the category to which you belong are included.

To apply for a scholarship, email membership @ copaa.org with a brief explanation of your financial situation and why you qualify for a scholarship. You will be notified within one week whether your scholarship is granted.

As with all COPAA memberships, membership privileges will begin after the membership application is completed online and approved and payment is received and processed.


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.



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/training registration fee discount. Attorneys, Advocates, Family members or Related Professionals with a demonstrated hardship are eligible to apply.  


COPAA Conference -  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 @ copaa.org by 1/12/19 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.


SEAT, New Attorney Online, Webinars - A limited number of registrants who qualify will receive a discounted rate off the COPAA training opportunities fee; first come, first served.  




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Please consider donating to support the above scholarship programs. COPAA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; all donations are tax-deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law.



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