Heckscher Scholars

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 very own 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 in-house program to meet those needs. Over the course of two years, we provide our Heckscher Scholars with academic support, college access, career readiness, and life skills, including:

  • 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

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 in which Scholars will reach out to us for help. Summer and monthly school-year stipends are available, as are stipends to cover the costs of meals and transportation, plus emergency funds should the need arise.

Heckscher Scholars have received substantial financial aid awards and scholarships to a range of institutions, including:

  • Boston College
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • City University of New York
  • Cornell University
  • Denison University
  • Earlham College
  • Fordham University
  • Ithaca College 
  • Marist College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Nyack College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • Smith College
  • State University of New York
  • University of Rochester
  • Vassar College