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Dr. Donald G. Cooper '73, '74M

As an esteemed educator for over 30 years, Dr. Donald Cooper understands the importance of preparing talented educators who will be prepared to make an impact on our schools.  Dr. Cooper wants to do his part to support Madison students and honor the history of the education program at Madison.  To celebrate his love for education and his desire to support future educators, he is creating the Donald G. Cooper Scholarship Endowment for College of Education.  The scholarship will be awarded to students who exhibit financial need, while maintaining academic excellence.  The Cooper scholar will be a student pursuing a career as a middle or secondary education teacher with plans to teach History or Economics courses. “I am creating this scholarship to help a needy student to fulfill their dream of becoming a teacher who will motivate, inspire, and encourage a future generation-we all need to do our part to support the next generation of educators” Cooper explained.

Dr. Cooper received both an undergraduate and master’s degree from Madison’s College of Education.  After graduation, he began his teaching career at Longfellow Intermediate where he remained for 6 years.  Donald followed this experience by obtaining his PhD from University of Southern California where he also taught in the Ethnic Studies Department.  He then spent the majority of his career, 26 years, as an instructor at Langley High School primarily focusing on AP Economics, History, Psychology and Sociology courses.  Dr. Cooper has developed a reputation as a teacher who provides challenging course work to his students and prepares them for college academics as well as AP exams.  Donald says he chose the teaching profession because he “loved learning and wanted to impart this passion to students and show them that, through obtaining knowledge and utilizing it in their lives, they can transform society.”