The Gerstner Family Foundation supports basic and translational biomedical research, access to an excellent education for young people in grades K-12, and organizations that assist people who have suffered temporary setbacks and need a “helping hand” to restore their equilibrium.


  • Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholars Program at Columbia University
    July 25, 2018

    The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Scholars Program celebrated its 10th anniversary on June 20th at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). To date, 44 promising young physicians have been awarded over $7 million to promote the next generation of physician-scientists in medicine and research. Each scholar receives two years of early-stage funding that is essential to generate sufficient data to apply for larger government grants. This investment by the Foundation has been leveraged to secure nearly $100 million in additional funding from the NIH. Gerstner Scholars’ research interests are broad and include cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, substance abuse disorders, and pre-term labor to name a few. The ultimate goal of each award is to bridge the gap between scientific research in the lab to new therapies for patients. For more details on the Gerstner Scholars Program and its awardees, please see the attached report.

    Gerstner Scholars Program Report
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The Gerstner Family Foundation was founded in 1989 by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. and his family. The foundation is an expression of Mr. Gerstner’s strong personal commitment to give back to society, which he considers as important a part of his legacy as his exceptional career in business. Most of the foundation’s giving is in New York City, Boston and Palm Beach and their surrounding communities.

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