The mission of Children’s Scholarship Fund New York (CSF New York) is to increase educational opportunity by offering partial tuition assistance for children in low-income families.


CSF New York was launched in 1998 as part of the Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF), a national organization that was founded by Ted Forstmann and John Walton. Since its founding, CSF has provided scholarships for 209,736 children nationwide, including more than 40,000 children in New York.


In the 2023-24 school year, CSF New York is providing scholarships to more than 7,000 students in the five boroughs of New York City and several counties north of the city. The average scholarship amount is $2,446 and the average private school tuition is $7,970. A recent CSF survey showed that 96.2 percent of CSF New York alumni graduated from high school on time in 2023, and data from the National Student Clearinghouse shows that more than 70 percent of CSF alumni enroll in college.


Donate to CSF New York.


How to apply for scholarships.