Loyola University Chicago

Student Academic Services

Cura Scholars



Cura, or “care” in Latin, is a key part of the Jesuit vision for higher education. It is most often expressed in the phrase cura personalis, or “care for the whole person,” where a key part of education at Loyola University Chicago means not only communicating ideas to students in the classroom but seeing the educational endeavor as caring for the whole of our students – mind, body, and spirit.

Cura Scholars seeks to deliver that whole-person care to a key part of our student community –our students of color who are historically underrepresented at Loyola and most other institutions of higher education. The program will deliver enhanced academic, co-curricular, extracurricular, professional and personal development, financial support, and other services to facilitate academic success to approximately 20 eligible students per year. These students will be from racial and ethnic groups that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education (as defined by the US Department of Education): African-American/Black, Hispanic, or American Indian/Alaska Native/Pacific Islander (hereafter “URM”).

Cura Scholars 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 and focus its in much-needed ways.

Cura Scholars will require students to attend seminars in fall and spring semesters for each of the three years of the program and participate in service, fellowship, or research activity beginning in their sophomore year and/or completing at least 30 academic credit hours. The program is a 3-year commitment.

For more information, please contact Curascholars@luc.edu

Please check back for more information about upcoming events, recruitment, and program news.


About the team.

Betsi Burns
Director of Learning and Student Success
David Van Zytveld
Director of the Center for Urban Research and Learning
Ashley Williams
Associate Director of New Student Programs-Special Populations