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 pay close attention to our students to help them succeed. It is this 'hands-on' approach that distinguishes 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 pursue careers in Engineering, Architecture, Psychology, Business and Communications.

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