The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is an independent foundation that began in 1979 as the result of a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Newcombe, a Philadelphia philanthropist. In her will, Mrs. Newcombe named five Trustees and charged them with creating a foundation that would continue her lifelong interest in supporting students pursuing degrees in higher education. The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation was funded with approximately $16 million, half her residual estate. A faithful Presbyterian, she willed the other half to Princeton Theological Seminary.

Now based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Newcombe Foundation has awarded grants totaling $65.4 million since 1981 to provide scholarships and fellowships in higher education. For 2016-17, forty-two colleges and universities and one foundation have received grants totaling $2,145,843.

The money that students receive in Newcombe Scholarships reflects the Foundation's tangible partnership with currently and previously funded institutions. Of the total amount ($2,840,227) awarded to students in 2015-16 in the Scholarships for Mature Women, the Scholarships for Students with Disabilities, and the Special Scholarship Endowment programs, 33% came from direct contributions from the Newcombe Foundation, 36% came from matching funds provided by partner institutions, and 32% came from income earned from Newcombe-endowed funds.

The Newcombe Foundation has been honored by the 2011 Visionary Award from the United Spinal Association and Temple University's Disability Resources and Services, by the 2010 James L. Fisher Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for distinguished service to education, and as 2009 Outstanding Foundation of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Students should note that the Newcombe Foundation only makes grants to universities, colleges, and one major foundation partner; these organizations select recipients and distribute Newcombe awards. No grants are made directly to individuals.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships encourage original and significant study of ethical and religious values in all areas of human endeavor. Awards are based on a rigorous national competition administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. For the 2016-17 academic year, twenty Newcombe Fellows have each received a $25,000 stipend for a year of dissertation writing.

Newcombe Scholarships for Mature Women Students support completion of bachelor's degrees by women who are twenty-five years of age or older who need financial assistance at selected colleges and universities. During 2015-16, Newcombe Scholarships averaging $2,858 were awarded to 665 students at thirty-seven colleges and universities.

Newcombe Scholarships for Students with Disabilities support completion of degrees by students with disabilities who need financial assistance at selected colleges and universities. During 2015-16, Newcombe Scholarships averaging $1,385 were awarded to 387 recipients at ten institutions.

Special Scholarship Endowments support completion of degrees by economically disadvantaged students at a select group of institutions. During 2015-16, these endowment funds provided Newcombe Scholarships averaging $2,744 to 147 recipients at eighteen institutions.