Second collection supports students at Catholic universities

September 8, 2016

This weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will have a second collection at all Masses benefiting students needing financial assistance to attend the University of St. Thomas or the Catholic University of America.

The generous donations of parishioners provide opportunities for students seeking a Catholic college education at these institutions. The monies collected goes directly to support scholarships for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college at all.

Nearly 90 percent of University of St. Thomas students receives scholarships or financial aid. Providing these scholarships helps to relieve the academic stresses of hard working students.

Education at Catholic universities goes far beyond the academic. While academics are of the upmost importance, Catholic universities challenge students to become leaders of faith, of character and of service.

Faculty and staff at the University of St. Thomas and the Catholic University of America work tirelessly to enable their students to prepare themselves for life and work in a changing world and to become leaders for the benefit of family, community, country and church.

Your generous donations go directly to support student financial aid and provide opportunities for our future leaders.

About University of St. Thomas

At the University of St. Thomas, the goal to "educate leaders of faith and character" touches each undergraduate and graduate student. The strong core curriculum, dedicated faculty and innovative co-curricular programs are designed to complement each other to make "educating leaders of faith and character" a reality.
  • Founded by the Basilian Fathers in 1947
  • Houston's only Catholic University
  • 3,589 total enrollment (including 1,609 undergraduate students)
  • Students from 40 states and 58 countries
  • 54 percent of student population is Catholic
  • 1124 average SAT score (Critical Reading and Math)
  • Students receive $37 million in financial aid, including more than $13.7 million in institutional aid

About Catholic University of America
Dedicated to advancing the dialogue between faith and reason, The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart the truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation and the world.
  • Established in 1887, as the national University of the Catholic Church, by the U.S. bishops with the approval of the Holy See.
  • Located near the heart of Washington, D.C.
  • Approximately 3,694 undergraduate and 3,144 graduate students
  • Students from all 50 states and 86 countries
  • 79 percent of undergraduates and 59 percent of graduate students are Catholic
  • More than 90 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.
  • Students receive nearly $50 million in institutional grants and scholarships as well as more than $2 million in federal and state grants. Additionally, the Office of Student Financial Assistance processed more than $32 million in undergraduate educational loans.