Heckscher Scholar Jocelyn Randeau Pasquale Receives Her Diploma from Vassar College

Heckscher Scholars is a multi-dimensional college access program for students from under-resourced public high schools housed at the Heckscher Foundation for Children headquarters in New York City. It provides individualized academic guidance, college and financial aid counseling, and a multitude of opportunities and support to students from disadvantaged communities. Heckscher Scholars guides its students towards the greatest path out of poverty, a college education, opening doors to competitive four-year private colleges and a higher education that will have a catalytic impact on their future.


“After a bit of reflection, I truly believe that Heckscher Scholars Program provided me with the necessary resources to prepare me for my undergraduate transition into Skidmore. My time management skills really started developing at Heckscher and helped me push myself to be responsible and take initiative. The Heckscher staff really wants to understand your situation and your education & career goals in meaningful conversations. Heckscher provided a space for me to breathe in and out all my questions or concerns about college. When I left those weekly meetings at Hecksher, I always felt confident in myself and knew that I was capable of succeeding as a Scholar. The Heckscher Scholars Program was there for all my academic and career-building needs, even when I did not realize that I needed it, and I think that is what makes the program unique and impactful.”

– Jeo Bravo

Heckscher Scholar 2019; Skidmore College


“I am always grateful for Heckscher and the support I received to tackle the beast that is college admissions. The past four years, I have been able to pursue so many opportunities, both academically and personally, to cultivate my mind and deepen my knowledge. I have met so many interesting people. I have read a lot and coded a lot. I am walking away from college with tools that’ll allow me to continue learning and be a student of life, for life. And I’ll always be thankful to Heckscher for sending me off on this journey.”

– Aisha Mann

Heckscher Scholar 2019; Barnard College


“I am now the Director of College Access and Success at Henry Street Settlement. I oversee a two-part program that supports students from their high school to their bachelors’ degree completion. We serve primarily first generation students of color in lower Manhattan. I’m actually in this career field largely because of my own experience at the Heckscher Foundation. Personally knowing how resource accessibility could drastically impact one’s future has influenced my decision to do the same for youth in my career now.”

– Tachrina Ahmed

Heckscher Scholar Class of 2019; Columbia Graduate School of Education; Middlebury College


of Heckscher Scholars graduate from a four-year degree college.


of financial aid was received by the Heckscher Scholars Class of 2023

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An Open-Ended Commitment

The overarching philosophy of Heckscher Scholars is to give its students whatever it takes for them to achieve success. Heckscher Scholars begins with a two-year college preparatory program. Scholars receive rigorous academic instruction, SAT tutoring, personalized college guidance, financial aid application support, career-readiness support and life-skills training. Students participate in an intensive five-week academic enrichment program that begins in the summer before their junior year, and continues through senior year with weekly meetings and an academic bootcamp over the summer before senior year. Once our students enter college, Heckscher Scholars continues to provide financial and educational support as individual needs arise.

Big Opportunities

Briana Espinoza, a Global Glimpse ambassador and Heckscher Scholar graduate, appeared in a compaign for Global Glimpse on a billboard in Times Square.

A Focus on the Individual

Heckscher Scholars provides a deeply personalized experience for each student through its academic and college access support. Heckscher Scholars’ staff develop strong and long-lasting relationships with the students, which helps them achieve academic success. Heckscher Scholars does not provide scholarships but does provide financial and emotional support to students and their families as individual needs arise.

Heckscher Scholars helps all of its scholars find internships or college classes the summer before their senior year, and most experience overseas travel through our partnership with Global Glimpse.

We foster a community of future leaders, giving the scholars the resources and tools that they need to overcome obstacles and find a pathway to success.

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