Coupa Cares Increases 2020 Global Scholarship Fund to $75,000

Himica Kumar
Himica Kumar
Product Manager, Coupa Pay, Coupa Software

Himica Kumar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Virginia and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also the Scholarship Program Coordinator on the Coupa Cares board.

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Providing Financial Assistance and Mentorship to Students Without the Necessary Means:

Coupa Cares is proud to announce its North America 2020 scholarship program. The program provides financial assistance and mentorship to students without the necessary means who demonstrate alignment with Coupa Cares’ core values and want to further their education. 

Scholarship Applications are Now Open for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
Visit the website for more information or to apply.

Last year the inaugural scholarship program received more than 5,400 applications from 14 countries. A first review left more than 500 qualified applicants, which were all reviewed by at least two members of the Coupa Cares selection committee with a holistic process that spans GPAs to letters of recommendation and personal essays. In the end, $50,000 was awarded to 17 most-deserving students.

Award Recipients Get More Than Just Much-Needed Financial Assistance
Scholarship winners also get a Coupa Mentor. For example, last year’s top scholarship awardee, Kelsey Johnson – who studies Strategic, Legal and Management Communications at Howard University in Washington D.C. – was assigned Coupa executive Markus Hornburg as her mentor. She recently shared her experience of the program: 

“The Coupa Cares Scholarship has made a significant impact on my academic journey. This scholarship alleviated my financial burden, allowing me to focus on my studies and academic success at Howard University. Early in my school year, I was contacted by Markus Hornburg, Vice President of Global Product Compliance. We established a number of mentoring sessions, each of which was very valuable and insightful. Mr. Hornburg offered me professional and academic guidance, broadened my network, and taught me vital skills that will help me excel in law school and beyond. I am grateful to be a Coupa Cares Scholarship recipient – both the financial and mentoring support has contributed to my success.”

Award Funding for 2020 Increases to $75,000
This year total global scholarship funding has been increased to $75,000, with individual awards up to $5,000. The program is open to high school seniors and all undergrad college students who demonstrate academic excellence and a need for financial assistance.

Students from North America can apply for the 2020-2021 academic year scholarship awards now. Visit the website for more information or to apply. Applications for global students will open later this year.

Striving for Excellence to Positively Impact Both Local and Global Communities
The Coupa Cares scholarship initiative is part of Coupa’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program, which encapsulates the company’s core values of ensuring customer success, focusing on results, and striving for excellence. As a global business leader, Coupa is committed to advancing our sustainable business practices and strives to drive environmental and social impact for our customers and in our communities. From employee Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to funding global causes and educational scholarships, Coupa is dedicated to giving back for the greater good.