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Magis Scholarship Fund

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In the summer of 2014, the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) partnered with the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) to open up a scholarship fund for undocumented Loyola undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need but do not qualify for federal financial aid. After several subsequent meetings with Loyola’s Donor Relations Office and Office of Financial Aid and the necessary research that followed, the Magis Scholarship Fund officially opened up in the fall of 2014.

Initially, the goal was to solely open up the scholarship account to deposit funds previously fundraised by LASO. However, the next goal was to add enough money in the scholarship account for it to be “endowed” – that is, enough money for alumni, faculty, staff, and community leaders to be able to directly donate to the scholarship in an effort to unite the entire Loyola Community around this initiative.

While on-campus fundraising efforts took place by various student organizations, greater cross-campus collaboration was necessary. So, in the spirit of democracy, the next plan of action quickly surrounded the idea of an on-campus vote through the SGLC. With this referendum vote, Loyola undergraduate students had the opportunity to decide whether or not they agreed to add an additional $2.50 each semester to the Student Development fee to support undocumented Loyola undergraduate students who demonstrated financial need but do not qualify for federal financial aid. With a 10,000 undergraduate population, this would equate to at least $50,000 each year dedicated to supporting our undocumented sisters and brothers. In 2015, it passed.

Shortly after the student vote, Don Graham, chairman and CEO of Graham Holdings Company and founder of TheDream.US, donated $50,000 to match the student body’s fundraising efforts. Thus, raising over more than $100,000 for undocumented students at Loyola.

In December of 2015, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the students’ vote to add an individual $2.50 student fee each semester.

You can learn more about the creation of our scholarship by reading the following articles:

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If you’d like to support the Magis Scholarship Fund, you can:

  • Purchase your “I SUPPORT UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS” swag today! Proceeds from all Magis apparel items support the Magis Scholarship and the day-to-day operations of the great people who print them at Homeboy Industries. 

If you are an admitted incoming first-year student or transfer student, please refer to Loyola’s undergraduate scholarships page to be up to date with scholarship guidelines and deadlines. 

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