People born into the lowest income quintile who earn a four-year college degree have an 84% chance of moving out of the lowest income quintile and a 19% chance of moving into the top income quintile. (Source: Sponsors for Educational Opportunity)

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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.

Our Grantees


Major Education Grants

  • Catholic Schools Foundation/Inner-City Scholarship Fund

    Boston, MA | Visit Website

    To establish the Gerstner Scholars High School program.

    $500,000

  • Diocese of Palm Beach Schools

    Palm Beach, FL | Visit Website

    To fund the Gerstner High School Scholars program.

    $3,096,000


    To establish the Gerstner Junior Scholarships at St. Luke’s Elementary School.

    $250,000

  • Endowment for Inner City Education

    New York, NY

    To provide scholarship support.

    $1,000,000

  • Harvard Graduate School of Education

    Cambridge, MA | Visit Website

    To provide general budget support for the Harvard Teacher Fellows Program.

    $500,000

  • The Partnership for Inner-City Education

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To provide K-8 scholarships at selected Partnership Catholic schools.

    $4,000,000


    To support the after-school program at St. Athanasius School.

    $900,000


    To fund high school scholarships.

    $300,000

  • TEAK Fellowship

    New York, NY | Visit Website

    To help talented students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges.

    $500,000