Education and Academic Support

Heckscher Scholars Program

Since 2009, The Heckscher Scholars Program has provided college access and career readiness programming for students from New York City public high schools while building the capacity of city nonprofits. To prepare for admission to competitive residential four-year colleges, scholars work with specialized tutors and guidance counselors at the foundation’s offices. They receive academic support and college preparation, including tutoring in English, Math, and Latin; SAT preparation; college visits; individual counseling; and family assistance.

Through paid summer internship placements, Heckscher Scholars also contribute meaningfully to nonprofit organizations throughout the city while gaining first-time work experiences in research, community projects, and family social services. Over 95 percent of Heckscher Scholars have been accepted to and continue to attend or have graduated from a four-year school, including Smith College, Bryn Mawr College, and other highly competitive institutions, and all have received substantial financial aid awards and scholarship grants.