Sylvia Bloom, a 96-year-old legal secretary from Brooklyn, left $8.2 Million to one of New York City’s oldest settlement houses, the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, to be used for college scholarships. It was the largest single gift to the settlement house in its 125-year history. No one, not even family and friends, knew she had amassed a fortune. She lived frugally. She worked for the same law firm for 67 years. When her boss picked a stock, she made the call, placed the order, and bought a few shares for herself.

Two additional scholarships will be established.

She attended free public schools and free public college at Hunter College, which is no longer free. One of the other scholarship funds will be established at Hunter.