Villanova University Partners with Cristo Rey Network

Villanova joins Cristo Rey in its on-going commitment to ensure that all Cristo Rey Network graduates have access to the academic, social, and financial supports they need to complete a college degree

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has announced a partnership with the Cristo Rey Network to share in the on-going commitment to ensure that all Cristo Rey Network graduates have access to the academic, social, and financial supports they need to complete a college degree. Founded in 2001, the Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options.

Only one in 10 low-income students beginning high school completes a post-secondary degree by age 24.   With the launch of its University Partner Initiative less than two years ago, the Cristo Rey Network began formalizing strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to supporting the Cristo Rey Network graduates and its member schools.  

“Villanova is honored to be a part of the Cristo Rey Network,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova University President. “This partnership reinforces our common view that engagement with students and families in need through education is a calling of the highest order. Cristo Rey believes, as we do, in the unlimited potential of all students and we are privileged to be able to assist them in their vital work.”   

University Partners commit to support Cristo Rey Network students in a number of ways including scholarship programs, job sponsorship and pre-college summer enrichment programs.  Furthermore, National Partners include a growing list of universities that have also generously invested directly in the Cristo Rey Network to advance its mission and impact. 

“I am excited by the growth and shared learning that is happening in this initiative,” remarked Rob Birdsell, President & CEO.  “We are humbled to have new universities joining us in our common mission to transform urban America one student at a time.  We know that it is through such mission-driven collaboration our students will achieve their dreams of success in college and career.”

About the Cristo Rey Network®

The Cristo Rey Network is comprised of 24 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 6,500 urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college.  All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a corporate work study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at www.cristoreynetwork.org.