Administrators at Jared’s high school, described the man who is now America's Crown Prince as a less than stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s decision to accept him.
Acccording to a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, “There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard. His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”
According to Risa Heller, a spokeswoman for Kushner Companies, “the allegation” that Charles Kushner’s gift to Harvard was related to Jared’s admission “is and always has been false.” His parents, Charles and Seryl Kushner, “are enormously generous and have donated over 100 million dollars to universities, hospitals and other charitable causes. Jared Kushner was an excellent student in high school and graduated from Harvard with honors.” (About 90 percent of Jared’s 2003 class at Harvard also graduated with honors.)
Despite the denial, gifts to Harvard had become a passage of entry for many. In fact, the university wooed more than 400 of its biggest givers and most promising prospects by putting them on a committee called Harvard’s Committee on University Resources and inviting them to campus periodically to be wined, dined, and subjected to lectures by eminent professors.
Jared's parents, Charles and Seryl Kushner were both on the committee, Harvard’s fundraising machine held the couple in especially fond regard and the claim that academic merit is responsible for Jared Kushner's admission to Harvard is consequently impossible to swallow.
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