Heckscher Scholars are public high school students from some of the poorest areas of New York City who have grit, potential, and ambition in their quest for a college education. After just two years in our college access program, 95% go on to graduate from competitive private and public colleges and universities across the country.

We have a very realistic view, through hands-on experience, of what it takes to complete college, and designed our program to meet those needs. Over the course of two years, we provide our Scholars with academic support, college access, career readiness, and life skills.

  • A complete program of personalized college guidance designed to match Scholars with colleges they deserve and to secure the financial aid they need
  • Small-group tutoring in English, Math, and Latin, plus intensive SAT preparation, individual counseling, and family assistance
  • A month-long extended-day summer program with private tutors and teachers from the best independent schools in the city, plus summer opportunities to take a paid internship or to travel abroad through our partnership with Global Glimpse


95% of Heckscher Scholars graduate from a four-year college.

Heckscher Scholars have received substantial financial aid awards and scholarships to the following institutions:

  • Babson College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cornell University
  • CUNY
  • Earlham College
  • Fordham
  • Marist College
  • Middlebury College
  • Mount Holyoke
  • Nyack College
  • Skidmore
  • University of Rochester
  • Smith College
  • SUNY
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We are fully available and committed to our Scholars, and assist with everything from unexpected financial needs to emotional support to academic guidance. We pride ourselves on fostering relationships where Scholars will reach out to us for help. Summer and monthly school-year stipends are available as well as stipends to cover the costs of meals and transportation, and emergency funds should they arise.



The Heckscher Scholars is a program run by the Heckscher Foundation for Children, founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. Today, it provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts and recreation.

The primary aim of the Heckscher Foundation’s grantmaking is to “level the playing field” for underserved youth by providing access to education and the varied experiences that make for a richer, forward-reaching life. Our goal is to foster venture philanthropy using three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving.

For more information, write to:

Geoffrey Howarth


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