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Cura Scholars Program Established

Cura Scholars Program Established
$300,000 grant strengthens academic career path for students of color

Loyola University Chicago has received significant funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to establish a mentoring and fellowship program that will support the development of students of color, especially those who are pursuing academic career paths.

A $300,000 investment from the Foundations establishes the new Cura Scholars program, which will provide undergraduate students of color with service, fellowship, and research opportunities that promote academic and career success. The program will place a special emphasis on future study at the graduate and professional school level.

“We are grateful for the vision and generosity of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in helping to establish this important new initiative,” said Jo Ann Rooney, president of Loyola. “It is critical that we support students of color today as we work long-term to increase  faculty diversity at Loyola and in higher education across the country.”

The program will deliver enhanced academic, co-curricular, extracurricular, professional and personal development, financial support, and other services to facilitate academic success to approximately 30 eligible students per year.

Scholars will have access to research opportunities, faculty mentoring, service opportunities, and other supports. The program will also support faculty to develop skills and resources to more effectively partner with students.

The Cura Scholars Program has been jointly designed by the Office of Student Academic Services (SAS) and the Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), which have extensive histories of providing similar programming to the general student population. This program, while new, builds on that history and seeks to expand its focus in much-needed ways.

Cura Scholars will begin recruiting students and faculty this fall, with programming to begin in the summer of 2021. Informational sessions for faculty mentors and students will be announced.

For more information, email curascholars@LUC.edu.