Featherstone HBCU Scholarships at Coppin State University

Featherstone HBCU Scholarships at Coppin State University
8 awards at $3,000 each
The 2022application deadline has closed.

The William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation and Coppin State University announce a strategic partnership that will create economic and professional opportunities for students from underrepresented communities.

Access to higher education is a powerful driver that creates opportunities for underrepresented communities to achieve economic stability. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation expanded its programs supporting first-generation students to achieve higher education with college scholarships, tackling unemployment and underemployment through paid internships and our innovative workforce program that places participants in meaningful careers

Access to higher education is paramount in transforming the lives of individuals and communities. However, the financial burden to receive an advanced degree has proven challenging for some. The Featherstone Foundation works to mitigate the economical strain and achieve Academic Equity in Higher Education for underserved and traditionally underrepresented students through scholarships.

In 2022, the partnership will award eight, $3,000 Featherstone HBCU Scholarships to high academic achieving students. 

The Featherstone HBCU College Scholarship, powered by State Farm– creates opportunities for high-performing students to tap much-needed funding so that attending a four-year, Historically Black College and University (HBCU) can be more attainable.

Our track record:

    • More than $156,000 awarded 
    • 72 scholarships 
    • to students from 19 countries
    • attending 11 institutions

Our 2021 inaugural Coppin State University’s Featherstone HBCU College Scholarship Award recipients are making tremendous strides. Featherstone HBCU Scholarship winner Joseph Manu competes in the Tokyo Olympics for track and field. The 2021 winners are:

  • Dayson Brooks, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Cathryn Lane, College of Health Professions
  • Joseph Manu, College of Arts & Sciences, and Education
  • Michael Michael, College of Business

Last year, the Featherstone Foundation awarded 30 college scholarships. We invite you to read our 2021 winner bios. This scholarship aims to mitigate financial barriers to higher education and provide underserved communities with access to additional funding.  This special award encourages first-generation college students, from economically challenged backgrounds, to pursue higher education and help level the playing field for inner-city students.

To help support the many talented students in Baltimore City, this scholarship helps promote matriculation and student retention for those attending or seeking admission to HBCUs in Baltimore City.

Eight Coppin State students will receive $3,000 Awards. Two $3,000 scholarships will be designated for students from each of the four colleges within the University.

  1. College of Business
  2. College of Arts & Sciences, and Education
  3. College of Health Professions
  4. College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


In order to receive consideration for the award, applicants must:

  1. Be a current Baltimore City resident
  2. SAT/ACT scores will be considered
  3. Cumulative 3.0 grade-point average (GPA)
  4. Demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities; and
  5. Complete essays outlining career goals and aspirations
  6. A letter of recommendation and applications from first-generation college students are strongly encouraged
  7. Students must be enrolled during the 2022 – 2023 academic year
  8. Award winners are expected to attend an award ceremony

Across all of our scholarship programs, we will have awarded more than $230,000 in scholarships through 98 awards to provide equity in higher education for low-income students from 12 universities. To date, we’ve served participants from 29 countries who speak over 40 languages.