The Alexander & Margaret Stewart Trust is a charitable foundation supporting research, treatment and prevention of cancer and pediatric illnesses. Established in 1947 through the generosity of Mary Stewart and Helen Stewart Devore in honor of their parents, the Stewart Trust awards pediatric and cancer care grants to Washington, DC non-profits, and funds cancer research scholars nationally.

Pediatric Care: The Stewart Trust focuses on serving children in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. by funding community health centers, neonatal care, early medical interventions to benefit childhood education, speech and occupational therapy, support for the emotionally disabled, and teen pregnancy prevention.

Cancer: The Stewart Trust supports some cancer treatment for low income populations in the Nation’s Capitol. The Trust has increased its focus and support of promising early-career scientists seeking cures for cancer using new approaches in genetics, structural biology, and related fields. Through a collaboration initiated in 2014 with The Pew Charitable Trusts, Stewart is now funding 20 cancer research Scholars annually (5 new scholars selected each year, with each scholarship lasting four years) selected through a rigorous competition. A summary of the collaboration and list of current Scholars can be found at The collaboration effectively merged the existing Stewart Cancer Research Fellows program with The Pew Biomedical Scholars program. This enabled the Trust to leverage the capability and resources of the Pew program, expose Stewart cancer researchers to experts in other fields, and extend the annual competition scope to many additional cancer research institutions.

Strategic Grants: The Stewart Trust occasionally makes investments that are larger than the average grant size when it sees an opportunity to leverage a significant, strategic impact in support of its mission. For example, the Trust awarded $1,000,000 for a joint pediatric radiation oncology program managed by Children’s National Medical Center, Johns Hopkins University, and Sibley Memorial Hospital. The Stewart Trust investment leveraged significant government and foundation funding for a pediatric gantry/”vault” to provide highly specialized cancer treatment for children in Washington, D.C., and for related research of this treatment.

More about the Trust’s recent awards and grantees, the Pew Stewart Scholars for Cancer Research program, the Stewart’s past Cancer Research Fellows program, and a breakdown of the services and programs the Trust targets can be found under the “Grantee/Resources” tab on our website.

Stewart Trust Annual Report for Calendar Year 2017


Grant Applications Due Friday, September 21, 2018
Annual Reports Due: February 28, 2019 (for grant year 2018)


William J. Bierbower, Executive Trustee
George Hamilton, Trustee
Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A., Elizabeth P. Munson, President
Lori Jackson, Executive Manager
Telephone: 202-785-9892