The Future is Bright


Founded in 1962, the Alfred Harcourt Foundation supports close to 80 students and offers over $650,000 in scholarships a year.


Who We Are

The Ellen Knowles Harcourt Scholarship Fund supports scholarship programs at colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area.  

About Ellen Knowles Harcourt

Throughout her long life as a publisher and as a philanthropist, Ellen Knowles Harcourt pursued excellence, for herself and others.

Our Approach

The Alfred Harcourt Foundation prides itself on the personal connections it makes with each student. We play close attention to our students to help them succeed. It is this 'hands on' approach that differentiates us from other foundations.

Our Scholars

Our particular focus is low-income students. While many of them are interested in public service careers such as Education and Nursing, others pursuse degrees in Engineering, Architevture, Psychology, Business and Communications.

I hope to help students that would have the qualities of character and intellect that would give them reasonable certainty of competence, responsibility, application and the ultimate achievement of worthwhile work and credible citizenship.
— Ellen Knowles Harcourt