Prior to his service as the associate dean for the Student Academic Affairs Office, Robert M. Copeland served as LAS assistant dean with the Access and Achievement Program. During his tenure, Copeland was a leader in academic affairs. He is revered as a pioneer in the field of access and educational opportunities. This fund was established following his retirement in 2001 to assist students in AAP who have a financial emergency. It provides funding for AAP students who might not otherwise be able to register for the upcoming term.