September 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH, PA – The Chuck Cooper Foundation on Tuesday said it has been awarded a $75,000 grant from The Heinz Endowments. The grant will fund the Chuck Cooper Leadership Development Program, which will provide graduate and undergraduate African-American students with mentors, a series of personal and professional development seminars and community service projects with area organizations.

Both the Heinz Endowments and the Chuck Cooper Foundation are based in Pittsburgh.

Since 2013, the Chuck Cooper Foundation has distributed more than $30,000 in graduate-level scholarships.
The Chuck Cooper Foundation is a nonprofit established in 2011 to continue the legacy of Charles “Chuck” Cooper, the first African-American drafted into the National Basketball Association, by awarding graduate-level scholarships and by providing comprehensive leadership development, professional skills and opportunities to underserved students. Cooper went on to earn a master’s degree after his successful NBA career.