I invite you to contribute to our Annual Fund to help Cristo Rey Jesuit High School unlock new potential for young men and women in Chicago. Cristo Rey alumni are earning a Bachelor’s Degree at a rate nearly six times higher than the national average for low-income, first-generation students. Your gift will make a difference.
Let me share an example with you: last June, we welcomed back Dr. Elsa Camargo ‘02, our first alum to receive a Ph.D., to address our graduating class. Dr. Camargo earned a B.A. in both English and Spanish and a M.A. in Hispanic Studies from UIC, and most recently received a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, focusing on college access for minority students and career advancement of underrepresented faculty in higher education.
Elsa’s parents immigrated to Little Village from Guanajuato, Mexico. Humble and hardworking, her parents made countless sacrifices in order for Elsa to fulfill her dreams. What impresses me about Dr. Camargo - she insists I still call her Elsa - is not just her academic accomplishments. She continues to give back to her community in order to inspire other first-generation students to take advantage of a Cristo Rey education.
Elsa reflects, “Cristo Rey provided me with a rich and intentionally designed education, with a foundation – academically, socially, and spiritually – to pursue my dreams. I know you can as well. You have the foundation to succeed.”
Please join us in laying this unique foundation for students looking to achieve great things, graduate from college, and make our community a better place through a gift to the Annual Fund. We need your help to continue unlocking the potential in future Cristo Rey students.