Girard College

In an age of selective schools, rising tuition fees and school competition I was surprised to learn of a school with the following admission criteria. Students need to be:

  • Living below the poverty line
  • Raised by a single parent (or less than that)
  • Academically gifted, as defined by admissions tests

At Girard College in Philadelphia all students receive a full scholarship and live on campus. How does that work? Well “Stephen Girard was thought to be the wealthiest man in America at the time of his death and since he and (wife) Mary never had children, he left nearly his entire fortune to charitable and municipal institutions of Philadelphia and New Orleans. Stephen Girard died on December 26th, 1831.

What an amazing legacy that for over 180 years one man’s donation could still be funding a school.

Learn more at > Behind the 10-foot walls of Girard College, where a whites-only legacy has been turned upside down