The Heckscher Foundation seeks strategic opportunities to support the expansion of promising out-of-state programs to New York City, and has funded the replication of the Los Angeles-based QuestBridge Scholars program in New York City. The program is designed to recruit, develop, and support motivated low-income high school students to attend the most selective colleges. This initiative works to solve the “under-matching” crisis, which remains prevalent, with less than five percent of students at the nation’s most selective schools representing the nation’s lowest economic quarter, while the vast majority of talented low-income students do not apply to schools that match their abilities. Among QuestBridge Scholars, 72 percent are first-generation college-bound; 95 percent matriculate to college; and degree attainment among participants at top tier colleges ranges from 90 to 100 percent.
The foundation also supports the Quest for Excellence New York City Award. The first of its kind, this local initiative gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors in New York City access to summer enrichment and travel programs, technology, professional networking, and academic opportunities, in an effort to strengthen their college outlook. Students who apply have the chance to receive awards designed to enhance their exposure to opportunities based on their extracurricular interests, background, and career goals, as well as to gain a network of like-minded individuals from the five boroughs of New York.
The foundation continued its support of Global Glimpse, an education program founded in the San Francisco Bay area that targets high-potential high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods and focuses on leadership development, community service, and globalization education. Read More
In 2015, the Heckscher Foundation continued to support Reading Partners (RPNY), a program that helps children become lifelong readers through individualized instruction that demands measurable results. Read More
Bottom Line provides low-income and first-generation college students with one-on-one guidance through the college application process, then through and after college. The Heckscher Foundation supported Bottom Line to replicate their successful Boston-based model in New York City, and renewed funding for the organization in 2015. Read More
CollegeSpring is a California-based college counseling and SAT prep program customized to meet the needs of low-income students. Through its partnership model, CollegeSpring provides grade-wide intervention during the academic year for eleventh grade students and serves a portion of eleventh and twelfth grade students during a summer session. Read More
In 2015, the Heckscher Foundation provided support for OneGoal to replicate its program to New York City, in collaboration with the Edwin Gould Foundation and Arbor Brothers, which are together providing a combination of technical assistance, incubation office space, and other capacity-building services. Read More
Through a collaborative funding initiative with the Edwin Gould Foundation in 2015, the Heckscher Foundation provided a first-time grant to Boston-based uAspire (formerly known as ACCESS), which has 30 years of experience demonstrating that providing financial information and guidance lowers financial barriers to higher education. Read More