Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Announces $200,000 Gift to College

For more than two decades, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has been a loyal benefactor to the students of Thomas Aquinas College, and this year is no exception.

The Los Angeles- and Reno-based philanthropy, which has among its priorities the nurturing of Catholic schools, has announced that it is awarding a $200,000 grant to support the more than 70 percent of Thomas Aquinas College students who receive financial aid. The grant marks the Foundation’s single largest gift to the College, doubling the previous largest contribution, and bringing the Foundation’s total giving to the College to nearly $1 million.

“Once again, we find ourselves owing a great debt of gratitude to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation,” says Thomas Aquinas College President Michael F. McLean.

Since its founding, the College has welcomed all students who are willing and able to complete its academic program, regardless of their financial means. As a result, The Princeton Review includes Thomas Aquinas College on its Financial Aid Honor Roll of only 10 schools in the United States. U.S. News & World Report features the College on its Top 40 list of “Great Schools, Great Prices.” Kiplinger, the business and personal-finance publisher, ranks the College among Top 20 nationwide for lowest average debt at graduation.

“We are committed to making the unique education we provide here available to anyone who is prepared to undertake it,” says President McLean. “It is generosity such as the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s that makes this commitment possible. On behalf of everyone at the College – and most especially the worthy students who stand to benefit the most – we thank the Foundation for its long history of friendship and support.”


Posted: December 6, 2011

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