For the second year, The Cristo Rey Network has named Xavier University is one of its University Partners.
“The Cristo Rey Network sees Xavier as deeply committed to low-income and first-generation college students,” says Aaron Meis, Xavier dean of undergraduate admission. “This support is evident not only in our admission and financial aid practices but in our on-campus support for students via the Office of Multicultural Affairs, TRiO Support Services, Academic Support Services, the assistant to the president for Diversity and Equity as well as in the scholarships we offer for diverse students, the Weninger and Pro Scholarships. This reinforces our commitment as a Jesuit Catholic institution to a diverse student body and a diverse community as well as to engagement not only with our surrounding community but with communities around the country and the world.”
The University Partners Network was started three years ago and has doubled in size to include schools such as DePaul, Georgetown, Loyola Marymount, Loyola Chicago, Marquette, University of Dayton, and Villanova. Partners have committed to support students throughout the Cristo Rey Network through scholarship programs, job sponsorship, and pre-college summer enrichment programs.
The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 7,000 urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a corporate work study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at www.cristoreynetwork.org .
DePaul Cristo Rey High School, the 25th school in the Network, welcomed its first class in June of 2011 on Clifton Hills Avenue near Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. It is sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. To learn more, go to www.depaulcristorey.org