The Chuck Cooper Foundation is now accepting applications for our 2019 Scholarship program! This program awards African-American students who are currently enrolled or plan to enroll in a Master’s-level or higher program of study to help ensure they have the opportunity to further their academic careers and achieve their professional goals. Full details are available in the Scholarship Application.

The application and supporting materials must be submitted no later than January 30, 2019 to be considered for the 2019 program. Please contact Matt Meade at with additional questions.


The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity which was established to honor the legacy of Pittsburgh native and Duquesne All–American, the late Charles “Chuck” Cooper. Cooper was the first African-American player drafted into the NBA. Cooper, who exemplified athletic scholarship and leadership at the highest levels, went on to obtain his Master’s Degree in Social Work, after retiring from the NBA. Cooper worked in variety of community-focused leadership positions and was a PNC community development banker until his untimely death in 1984.  He mentored and encouraged others to develop their leadership potential as well. Part of the Foundation’s mission is to continue to honor the legacy of Chuck Cooper by supporting the community’s future leaders through annual graduate school scholarships to underserved students.


Click here to download the 2019 Scholarship Application.

Click here to download the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Application.