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Loyola University Chicago

Giving Students Equal Access to Higher Education

A college education is the lifelong foundation for economic wellbeing, health, and civic engagement. But too few Black, Latino, first-generation, and other historically underrepresented students have access to college, and even fewer have the economic, social, networking, and personal support to sustain them through that journey.

John and Kathy Schreiber have committed $100M to radically improve long-standing outcomes. Together with Loyola, they have launched a $500M effort that will provide talented students in need the resources they need to enter college; achieve academic, social, and personal success here; and use their talents and education to move our city and our society ahead.

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Students who are the first in their family to attend college, like Jorge, face increased challenges. Learn how Loyola and the Schreibers are leveling the playing field.

1 in 5

graduates of Chicago Public Schools will complete college in 10 years

30 Years

gap in life expectancy between some zip codes in Chicago


decrease in Black students enrolled in Illinois colleges between 2013 and 2018

Loyola University Chicago is ready to change those numbers


Of students in Loyola's Achieving College Excellence program graduate in six years compared to 68% among other private universities


of at-risk students, with the help of Arrupe College, earn their associate's degree in two years, compared to 13% in community college


of Loyola students, on average, are eligible for Pell grants

Student Profiles

Hunter Robbins

“Don’t stress or panic. have confidence in yourself—be the hero of your own story.”

Read more about Hunter Robbins

Karina Tapia

“Everything started because of Arrupe. They gave me a second chance. They saw something in me and knew I could benefit.”

Read more about Karina Tapia

Evelyn Camargo

My life centers on working to bring change. I once felt I might do this through social work, but now I think more about politics, or perhaps becoming an immigration attorney.

Read more about Evelyn Camargo
John and Kathy Schreiber Portrait
Kathy and I felt called to help level the playing field for students who face far higher barriers to opportunities and to give these students access to an education at Loyola that provides limitless possibilities for their futures. John Schreiber (BBA ’68)

Broad Philanthropic Impact

Arrupe College

In 2017, the Schreibers invested $6 million in scholarships for students and graduates of Arrupe College, especially those ineligible for federal and state aid because of immigration status. This built on the Schreiber's 2008 endowment at Loyola established for students from Lake County.

Baumhart Scholars

In 2019, the Schreibers helped launch the Baumhart Scholars program, a highly selective, 20-month, cohort-based MBA within Quinlan. The program is designed to equip emerging, purpose-driven leaders with the skills, values, and networks to do good while doing well in their careers.

Schreiber Center

In 2013, the Schreiber Family made the naming gift for the construction of the John and Kathy Schreiber Center, home to Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business on the Water Tower Campus.

Guided by the belief that children’s rights are human rights, the CHRC is engaged in research, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach programs to address

Center for the Human Rights of Children

Guided by the belief that children’s rights are human rights, the CHRC is engaged in research, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach programs to address critical issues affecting the lives of children.



For media inquiries, please contact Matt McDermott, mbedugnis@luc.edu.

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