Compass Campaign: Scholarship Endowment
Michelle Nevin Levine
Dean of Students
My SI Story
I’m proud to work for a school that cares about those who need help.
I’m thinking about one particular freshman, and I’m thrilled she’s at SI. Without financial assistance, her family wouldn’t be able to send her here. I can’t imagine what SI would be without students like her. I’m proud to work for a school that cares about those who need help. She is now part of a class that will learn about values of service and faith.
Our goal is to prepare her for a diverse and complicated world, one that needs leaders and problem solvers. But first we need to help these young people afford to come here because we promote “a preferential option for the poor” — a central Catholic teaching. My uncle was a Jesuit, and my father and brothers were taught by Jesuits. They knew that this preferential option wasn’t an option but a mandate. We help others because it’s just and it’s right. Dismantling social inequities is part of the Jesuit mission.
We also have to fight the myth that we have unlimited funds. We are fortunate to have loyal alumni and generous donors, but the money in our endowment isn’t enough to cover what we spend on financial assistance. We need to start helping people beyond the ones we’re currently serving, especially those families paying multiple tuitions for students in Catholic high schools and colleges.
I’m also proud that the incoming class includes 20 students who will be the first in their families to attend college. We need that number to increase. These young people will go to college having learned the value of service. At SI, they will deliver sandwiches to soup kitchens, go on retreats and spend their summers on immersion experiences.
If you read just one issue of Genesis magazine or look at our history, you’ll know we’re doing something right. And it all starts here, where students learn right from wrong and where they learn to be resilient, turning failures into successes.
And they will carry these lessons into the rest of their lives.