We support students who have talent and determination but whose opportunity to excel is limited because of their economic circumstances.
One way we provide this support is through scholarships, which to date have been to attend Catholic schools. In addition to financial need, consistent with our principle of helping others who help themselves, students who receive our scholarships must demonstrate strong academic achievement, both as a condition to be selected for our award as well as during the term of the award.
We also make grants to organizations that help students succeed, such as college access programs and a small number of after-school programs.
Our support for education reflects Mr. Gerstner’s lifelong commitment to excellence in education and ensuring opportunity for meritorious students.
“Access to a quality education is not automatic for people in our society. Somebody has to help. What I want to do is help young people who have the capacity, have the commitment, and are willing to work hard, but the hurdle is they are consigned to a poor performing school and cannot escape without financial resources their families cannot afford.” - Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.
The Partnership for Inner-City Education seeks to develop outstanding Catholic elementary schools that provide low-income students with the academic preparation, values and skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling, productive lives. The Partnership is a school management organization for a network of six inner-city Catholic elementary schools in Harlem and the south Bronx. The Gerstner Family Foundation has supported the Partnership and predecessor organizations since 2006, primarily with funding for scholarships for students to attend Partnership schools. Partnership school Our Lady Queen of Angels was honored to receive a visit from Pope Francis in September 2015. To learn more about the Partnership, please see www.partnershipnyc.org.
Amounts below may reflect cumulative annual grants rather than multi-year grants. To see annual amounts, please see listings of grants paid each year.
Boston, MA | Visit Website
To establish the Gerstner Scholars High School program.
Palm Beach, FL | Visit Website
To fund the Gerstner High School Scholars program.
To establish the Gerstner Junior Scholarships at St. Luke’s Elementary School.
New York, NY
To provide scholarship support.
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To provide general budget support for the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program.
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To provide K-8 scholarships at selected Partnership Catholic schools.
To support the after-school program at St. Athanasius School.
To fund high school scholarships.
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To help talented students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges.