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Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago Receives $1.5 Million Gift
McCormick Foundation Is Providing Financial Support for Diversity and Student Success Programming
Chicago, April 24, 2018—Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago received a $1.5 million gift from the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation in support of diversity and student success programming.
Arrupe College is a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation. This generous gift will enable the college to fund three positions: an Assistant Dean for Student Success and two full-time faculty members, all of whom will support the Black Men for Success Program (BMS).
BMS aims to holistically address the challenge of student retention among African American male students by providing academic support, social-emotional mentorship, and career counseling for those students. Launched in the fall of 2017, the program cultivates academic and personal excellence amongst African American males at Arrupe College in an intergenerational safe space.
Grounded by intersectional cultural histories and values, BMS members foster educational development, professional engagement, and black male identities. Through mentorship, reflection, scholarship, and community engagement, BMS enables Arrupe’s black male leaders to hone their abilities and chart scholastic and professional courses at Arrupe and beyond. BMS participation includes bi-monthly meetings, academic coaches, and a mentorship program. Mentors are all African American male professionals, who are either external volunteers working in various industries or students from Loyola’s School of Law.
This grant, which will also fund speakers, conferences, and events for BMS, will be administered over a three-year period, ending in June 2021.
“Arrupe’s strategic goal to recruit and retain African American male students aligns with the McCormick Foundation’s efforts to facilitate opportunities for the underserved black population of Chicago,” said Father Steve Katsouros, S.J., dean and executive director of Arrupe College. “This is another game changer brought to us by McCormick, whose first gift to us for $1 million in 2015 encouraged others to invest in our startup college. All of us at Arrupe are extremely grateful to McCormick.”
That transformational initial gift in 2015 helped fund operating expenses and provided scholarships for 29 McCormick Foundation Scholars.
“We are proud to support the launch and growth of such an innovative model to make college accessible, affordable, and successful for these amazing young people,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
About Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago
Named after Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former superior general of the Society of Jesus, Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is a two-year associate’s degree program for motivated students with limited financial resources and an interest in attending a four-year institution after graduation. The program offers associate’s degrees in Arts and Humanities, Business, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The college’s unique education model features enhanced pre-enrollment orientation; a strong cohort and holistic, integrated series of supports for students to optimize their chances for academic and social success; intensive one-on-one contact with specialized faculty and staff; a degree that is fully transferable to state and private options throughout the state; and a financial strategy that permits low-income students to fully finance the cost of instruction with aid that does not include, or minimizes, assuming debt. Arrupe College is located at 1 E. Pearson Street, on Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus. To learn more about Arrupe College, visit LUC.edu/Arrupe, “like” us at Facebook.com/ArrupeChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @ArrupeChicago.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 16,600 students. Nearly 11,500 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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