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Organized by Mrs. Ellen Knowles Harcourt, the Foundation is named for her husband, Alfred Harcourt, one of the founders in 1919 of the distinguished publishing firm, Harcourt Brace. Mrs. Harcourt served as President of the Foundation from 1962 until her death in 1984, upon which she left most of her estate to the Foundation.

At the time she established the Foundation, Mrs. Harcourt stated that the meritorious students she hoped to help would have the qualities of character and intellect that would give them "reasonable certainty of competence, responsibility, application and the ultimate achievement of worthwhile work and credible citizenship."

The Foundation's assistance to young men and women since 1962 has enabled many of them to make contributions to American society in a variety of fields, giving substance to Mrs. Harcourt's expectation that competence and creditable citizenship are within the grasp of motivated young people despite financial distress.

Founded in 1962 by Ellen Knowles Harcourt
Enabling disadvantaged young people to attain an education that would lead to
"worthwhile work and creditable citizenship" (EKH).

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