The Kaye Cupples Scholarship Fund was created with the support and involvement of his family, friends and educational colleagues in memory of and to honor Kaye’s extraordinary commitment to the inclusion of students with disabilities in schools and everyday life. Kaye Cupples passed away in 2019. The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, an affiliate of Achieva, is administering the Fund.
The Kaye Cupples Scholarship Fund: Scholarships for tuition, fees, and books (not room and board) will be granted each year to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who live in the city of Pittsburgh, attended/attends Pittsburgh Public Schools (or Approved Private School as a Pittsburgh Public School student), has an Individual Education Plan, and is attending (or plans to attend) a post-secondary education program at a college/university or trade school. Students from out of district who attend PPS program for HS and graduate from PPS with IEP may also apply.
Kaye’s longtime career at Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) demonstrated his passion for students with disabilities and special needs. He started his career as a Speech and Language Pathologist who worked exclusively with the deaf/hearing impaired at PPS. He then became a Supervisor in Special Education and rose to become the Associate Director of the Division for Exceptional Children and later the Director at PPS. Kaye’s last position at PPS was the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent encompassing athletics, students with exceptionalities, and student services. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, and Point Park University, and later became the Department Head at Point Park. He was the author of numerous articles related to special education. Kaye was a Principal Partner of WingSpan Alliance Special Education Consulting Services, including the Summit Academy. He served on the board at The Watson Institute and The PEAL Center. After his retirement, he was instrumental in establishing City Connections. Kaye’s passion for education was demonstrated by his achievement of 2 Master’s degrees, a Doctorate, and a Letter of Superintendency.