Newcombe Foundation Grantmaking & Recognitions

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.

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Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the Newcombe Foundation has awarded grants for scholarships and fellowships in higher education since 1981.

Scholarships by the Numbers

  • 120+ Institutions Funded
  • 60+ Endowed Institutions
  • 40,000+ Students Supported
  • $50 Million+ Scholarships Awarded

Fellowships by the Numbers

  • 1,300+ Newcombe Fellows Selected
  • $20 Million+ Fellowship Support

Foundation Recognitions

  • 2019 Outstanding Foundation of the Year – Association of Fundraising Professionals, New Jersey Chapter
  • 2018 Women of Achievement Gala Honoree – Kean University
  • 2013 Leaders in Philanthropy – James B. Stewart Society, Educational Equity – Penn State University
  • 2011 Visionary Award – United Spinal Association and Temple University’s Disability Resources and Services
  • 2010 James L. Fisher Award – Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for distinguished service to education
  • 2009 Outstanding Foundation of the Year – Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Philadelphia Chapter