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The Schuurman Schimmel-van Outeren Stichting was founded in Haarlem on October 17, 1883 by Mrs. Helena Gerardina Gerdessen-van Outeren, widow of  Dr. Hendrik Frederik Schuurman Schimmel
who died in 1881.

Its purpose was to help young students from poor backgrounds to pursue and complete their studies, particularly in the fields of art and science.

Initially, the Foundation provided scholarships for approximately twenty students annually. Today around 150 students per year benefit from financial support from the Schuurman Schimmel-van Outeren Stichting.