In 1998, the late Theodore Forstmann, founding partner of Forstmann Little & Co. investment firm and the late John Walton of Wal-Mart began the national chapter of Children’s Scholarship Fund (CSF). The two men were passionate about children’s education and committed $100 million to fund 40,000 initial scholarships for children to attend independent schools across the country. Today, there are more than 30 CSF affiliate programs throughout the United States. Click here to learn more about our parent organization.

In 1999, Julian H. Robertson, Jr., a Salisbury native and renowned philanthropist and financier, made a $1.5 million gift to CSF which was matched by the national organization to start Charlotte’s chapter, CSF-Charlotte (CSF-C). Since that time, through the effective Board of Directors’ leadership and the generous financial support of foundations, corporations and individuals, CSF-C has continued to ensure the long-term viability of this important organization for economically disadvantaged children in Mecklenburg County.