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Matthew Gaffney Foundation


Dr. Margaret Gaffney Benedict

Founder and Executive Director

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"Over the past ten years our students have been accepted at major colleges and universities such as:  Bates, Boston College, Bowdoin, Brown, Bucknell, Columbia, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg, Harvard, Lehigh, Pitzer, Princeton, St. Lawrence, Trinity, University of Pennsylvania, University of Vermont, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wesleyan and Williams."


"100% of our students graduate from college."

Meet the Gaffney Students

Gaffney board member Edward Massey introduces you to several Gaffney students, who will show you what the Gaffney Foundation is all about and how it changed the trajectories of their lives.

A Life-Changing Experience


Gaffney Students Visit The

Hurricane Island Outward Bound School

Five days in the wilderness can change everything. For some of these students, it was their first time away from home... and the first time away from their cellphones! Resilience and self-reliance are just a few of the skills they learned to help them navigate their senior years of high school, as well as their college years and beyond. 


Graduate from college with little or no debt because all designated need is met with scholarships and grants!


We have over 100 debt-free graduates.


In 2018-2019, we have 32 students in college earning over $4 million in scholarships for one academic year!

About Matthew Gaffney

Dr. Matthew Gaffney is a renowned educator known for his commitment to educational excellence, innovation and diversity.  A graduate of Hobart College and the University of Buffalo, Dr. Gaffney spent much of his career leading some of the best public school systems in New York and Pennsylvania as Superintendent.  During the 1950s and 1960s, he unified Tarrytown High School with Sleepy Hollow's, and he diversified the elementary schools in Abington, PA. His work insured equal quality education for all.


Following his successful public school career, Dr. Gaffney was a professor in educational law at Lehigh University.  It was Dr. Gaffney’s remarkable career that inspired his daughter, Margaret G. Benedict, to found the Matthew Gaffney Foundation.


· SAT/ACT preparation​

· Course advisement

· College placement counseling

· College mentoring

· Supervised trips to visit colleges

· A summer camp experience

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