Making a Difference Because We Are
The Foundation's assistance to young men and women since 1962 has enabled many of them to make contributions to American society in a variety of fields, giving substance to Mrs. Harcourt's expectation that competence and creditable citizenship are within the grasp of motivated young people despite financial circumstance.
The concept, which endures to this day, is simply this: help candidates from poor backgrounds, and from underserved high schools go to college.
"In contrast to most philanthropic organizations, the Alfred Harcourt Foundation is committed to supporting students from disadvantaged academic settings whose high school grades and SAT scores are average, not exceptional. However, as a result of the Foundation's financial support and active engagement with them, the majority of Harcourt scholars do not remain average for long."
– Linda Carlson, City College