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Co-op Scholars

The Co-op Scholars Program is a great way for ambitious students to integrate their classroom studies with paid professional work experiences.

What is a Co-op Scholar?

UMass Lowell’s Co-op Scholars Program is offered to a select group of merit scholarship recipients identified by university deans during the admissions process. The program awards students from five colleges $4,000 to work in research or community co-ops during the summer following their freshman year or during their sophomore year. Co-op Scholars have the opportunity to present their research and community co-op initiatives during the annual Co-op Scholar Poster Presentation event. 

Co-op Scholars may apply their $4,000 scholarship toward an approved UMass Lowell study abroad program.

How Does It Work?

Co-op Scholars are contacted during the fall/spring of their freshman year to begin the process of applying online for a co-op position or choosing a study abroad opportunity. 

The $4,000 stipend is paid in biweekly increments.

Co-op Scholars must maintain full-time status and meet the cumulative GPA requirement noted in their co-op/merit scholarship offer letter to remain eligible for the opportunity.The opportunity cannot be deferred to another semester or summer term. Students who do not utilize the opportunity during the summer immediately following their freshman year or during their second year at the university forfeit the co-op funds.


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Meet Our Co-op Scholars

  • I see how passionate (Assoc. Prof. of English Keith Mitchell) is about my work and success. He’s another example of how helpful I’ve found faculty in preparing me for life after college.

    A co-op scholarship led to a job at Lowell Telecommunications Corp., and then a job at the university’s TV studio for English major Aaron King. Now he’s got all the skills he needs for a career in video or television production.