Don’t miss COPE’s Ninth Annual Scholarship Event!

By Calvin-Allen Miller

Contributing Writer


Brandon Richardson Hill
Brandon Richardson Hill

Scholars of Minnesota-COPE (Creating Opportunities for Post-secondary Education) Project will be holding its Ninth Annual Scholarship Program/Gala and Fundraiser on Sunday, August 17, 2014 from 4:30 to 8:00 pm at the beautiful Airport Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The gala is COPE’s annual scholarship celebration where the proceeds will fund scholarships for the 2014 academic year.  This event features a dinner (at 5pm) and a silent auction. We will recognize students in several categories including: Scholars’ ACT/SAT Perfect Attendance, Outstanding Volunteer Community Service, Highest GPA, and Participation Awards. Additionally, we will acknowledge other great accomplishments of our scholar members while they are attending high school and post-secondary institutions.

You will enjoy excellent presentations by Scholar Member Brandon Richardson Hill, who will share his experiences as a White House Intern. Scholar Jesus Santos Vega Zaragoza will share his experience touring China for two weeks.

COPE’s special guest speaker for the evening will be Cearah Mariah Hamilton, National Miss Black U.S Ambassador 2014, and founder of the PurityMovement.

Scholars of Minnesota-COPE Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to assist underrepresented students in the community to obtain educational opportunities, financial support, and other  resources they may need to reach their highest academic, professional and personal goals. Since COPE’s inception in 2006, they have assisted 225 scholars and 27 members have graduated from a college or university.

For more information about the annual fundraiser, including tickets prices, etc., feel free to call 651-260-0039. To contribute to the scholarship fund, send a check or money order payable to: Scholars of MN COPE, PO Box 21081, St. Paul, MN, 55121-0081. You may also make a contribution through PayPal at COPE’s website at 


Originally from the St. Paul suburban area, Calvin-Allen Mickel Miller is a 1999 graduate of Saint Thomas Military Academy (Mendota Heights, MN). In May 2004, he completed his Bachelor of Arts’ degree in English/journalism with a minor in broadcasting from Jackson State University in Mississippi. Currently he is territory manager for Ecolab/Kay Chemical in Jackson, Mississippi, and is a life honorary member for the COPE Project.