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Brad and Mary M. Coupens Literature Scholarship

The Open Books Foundation and the Great Books Summer Program are pleased to present the Brad and Mary M. Coupens Literature Scholarship.

This one-week full scholarship (including transportation) to attend the Tall Ship Adventure will be awarded to a US High School student who demonstrates a love of learning and a desire to read great literature and discuss inspiring ideas.

Students applying for the Brad and Mary M. Coupens Literature Scholarship must write a minimum 400-word essay in response to the following prompt:

  • Discuss what your favorite ‘Great Book’ is, and what it means to you.
  • Why do you think it is important to read the ‘Great Books’ and to be able to understand and discuss them?

Applicants who do not receive the Brad and Mary M. Coupens Literature Scholarship will automatically be considered for Financial Aid.

Champions of Literacy and Literature

Mary, known to friends and colleagues as Peggy, is a retired educator whose greatest loves are Colorado Springs, teaching, reading, and her grandchildren. Peggy spent her teaching career in the public school system. She was known as an exceptional teacher who strove to personalize learning for every student.

Ever an educator, Peggy ran after-school programs and was instrumental in developing the Gifted and Talented Program for Colorado Spring’s Harrison School District.

Brad Coupens was Co-Founder of the Mary M. Coupens Reading Endowment and Mary’s son. They shared a love for reading and a special bond throughout life, until their passing in 2021. We honor Brad and Mary’s lives through this scholarship, champions of literacy and literary programs, causes that were dear to their hearts.

Peggy and Brad were inspiring lifelong learners and avid readers. They were beacons in the darkness, giving friends and students the courage and strength to lead their best lives.

Continuing the Legacy

The Open Books Foundation is proud to honor Brad and Peggy Coupens’ continuing legacy with this scholarship.

Have Questions or Need Assistance?

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