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Profile Last Updated: 09/14/2020

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

Giving to promote education and the defense of the U.S. through support of fellowships for graduate education for students with outstanding potential in the fields constituting applications of the physical sciences at specified institutions nationwide.


Incorporated in 1945 in IL - Mr. Hertz, originally from Austria, was the founder of the Hertz Drive-Ur-Self Corp. as well as the Yellow Cab Co. of Chicago, the Omnibus Corp. of America, and was a partner in Lehman Brothers Investment Bankers. He had a distinguished record of service to the U.S., serving during World War I as an advisor to the Secretary of War's Board of Transport reorganization and during World War II as an advisor on wheeled vehicles to the Undersecretary of the Lovelace Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The foundation commenced its support of applied science education by granting undergraduate scholarships on a national scale to qualified and financially limited engineering students undertaking a curriculum fully accredited by the Engineering Council for Professional Development. In 1963, the foundation began to phase out the national undergraduates scholarship program. Adopted in its place was a plan for the granting of postgraduate fellowships leading to doctor's degrees. The scope of the studies to be supported by fellowships was enlarged to include the fields of engineering and the applied sciences, with special emphasis placed on physical sciences and the stimulation of high competence and creative development in these fields. Recently, the foundation's scope-of-interest has been extended to include applications of the physical sciences to modern biology, specifically including molecular biology.


Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Public charity




2300 First Street Suite 250 Livermore, CA United States 94550

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