Loyola University Chicago and Robert R. McCormick Foundation Partner to Make Higher Education Available to Deserving Students

11 June 2015
Loyola University Chicago and Robert R. McCormick Foundation Partner to Make Higher Education Available to Deserving Students

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Loyola University Chicago and Robert R. McCormick
Foundation Partner to Make Higher Education
Available to Deserving Students
Foundation Grants $1 Million to Support
New Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago

CHICAGO, June 10, 2015 – Loyola University Chicago announced today that it has received a $1 million grant from the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation in support of the new Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Announced in February, 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.

The McCormick Foundation grant will support student scholarships and a variety of operating expenses at the college, including education technology and capital needs. In recognition of the transformative gift, the University will establish the McCormick Scholars Program, which will reward the college’s highest achieving students. These scholars will be selected each year based on academic achievements, leadership qualities, and a proven commitment to social justice.

“We are truly grateful to the McCormick Foundation for its generous support of Arrupe College. The partnership with Loyola will ensure that talented young men and women in our city have access to a world-class academic program that will prepare them for future study or professional employment,” said Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola University Chicago. “The McCormick Foundation is extraordinarily committed to education and engaged citizenry, and we are delighted to establish the McCormick Scholars Program in recognition of the Foundation’s support of, and investment in, students in Chicago.”

The grant will be administered over a three-year period, ending February 2018. The Foundation will work with the University during this time to evaluate the college’s progress, develop a data feedback system to inform the education process, and document the development and implementation of this unique model to determine whether it is a sustainable option that can be used by other universities across the country.

“Arrupe College is a promising innovative program to increase college access and success for students without the financial resources to begin a traditional four-year program,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Our hope is this scholarship will enable young people with a track record of excellence to earn a degree and go on to make an impact in their professions and communities.”

Set to welcome its first cohort of more than 150 students in July, Arrupe College addresses a serious problem in higher education—the need to increase access to, and completion rates of, post-secondary education degrees for students from low-income families. The program offers associate’s degrees in Arts and Humanities, Business, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Graduating students can expect little to no debt upon completion of the program.

Arrupe College’s education model includes:

  • Enhanced summer 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
  • Significant increases in availability of faculty and staff due to small class sizes
  • A two-year associate’s degree that is fully transferable to state and private colleges
  • A financial strategy that permits low-income students to fully finance the cost of their education with financial aid that does not assume debt

For more information on Arrupe College, visit LUC.edu/Arrupe. For questions about Arrupe College’s admission process, please call 800.262.2373 or send an e-mail to ArrupeAdmission@luc.edu.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries 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 Beijing, China; 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 11 schools and colleges, 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, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Consistently 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.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park, and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets. For more information, please visit www.McCormickFoundation.org, follow us on Twitter, or like us on Facebook.

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. Set to launch this summer, 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 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.

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