In 1548, at the request of local families, Ignatius of Loyola founded the first Jesuit school in Messina, Italy. His condition was that any young man could attend regardless of financial circumstance. Today, the financial obligation of educating an SI student begins with tuition in excess of $15,000. However, as many parents are aware, the complete “SI experience” includes additional expenses, such as books, calculators and laptops as well as co-curricular expenses, such as uniforms and travel – all costs associated with fully participating in life at the school. A Messina Scholarship covers the tuition for students who receive 75 percent of tuition assistance or more as well as the associated costs of the SI experience, in all approximately $20,000 a year.