Companions on the Journey Campaign Priorities
The Companions on the Journey campaign evolved from the school’s strategic plan that identified three priorities to further our Catholic Jesuit mission:
- Develop an optimal college-prep curriculum for the 21st century;
- Help every MUHS student succeed and flourish; and
- Keep an MUHS education financially accessible to qualified students from a broad range of economic backgrounds.
To meet these priorities, the Companions on the Journey campaign has a building/renovation component and an endowed scholarship component. Learn more about how we are meeting these priorities.
- Develop college-prep curriculum for the 21st century
- Help every student success and flourish
- Keep an MUHS education financially accessible
To deliver a 21st century college-prep Catholic, Jesuit high school education grounded in faith, scholarship and community, MUHS must provide adequate, modern classrooms and laboratories. As a result, the following spaces are being built and/or renovated:
- Interactive classrooms. New classrooms will be created to offer students more independent learning opportunities, as well as space to work on collaborative projects with classmates.
- Inquiry-based, technology enhanced laboratories. Two new laboratories will be created to meet the demand for AP sciences courses, develop students’ analytical and critical-thinking skills, and foster an interest in science careers.
- STEM Center. This new center will provide students with opportunity to apply existing scientific knowledge to develop more practical applications, such as technology or inventions.
- Tiered lecture hall. A lecture hall, accommodating up to 120 people, will allow collaboration among academic disciplines and classes, as well as host guest speakers, special presentations and online video conferencing—all in a university-style learning environment.
- Doerr Library. The current library will be renovated to meet the needs of student learning that occurs outside the classroom, including group-learning space, a comfortable seating area to encourage reading, computer stations for laptops and specialized desktop computer areas.
- Robotics Center. A new Robotics Center will be built adjacent to the Blue & Gold Room and include a build room, research and development area and a business center.
- Student Media Center. A new student media center will offer a multi-platform media experience, in a contemporary, high-tech and fun environment with an emphasis on doing and learning.
- Academic Success Center. This new center will help students in their academic and personal development through resources and services, including advising, study skill assistance, tutoring and structured study groups.
- Student/faculty meeting spaces. New areas will be created for each academic department to make group projects, meetings, tutoring and advising more accessible and efficient.
- Frank C. DuBois Campus Ministry Center. A new campus ministry center close to the Three Holy Companions Chapel will provide students with an easily accessible space for individual and group activities of faith and service.
- Counseling Center. The renovated Counseling Center will provide school counselors with the necessary environment to provide student-centered counseling and advising programming.
- College Counseling Center. The College Counseling Center will be relocated to a more public location to highlight the school’s college-prep mission and provide better access of resources to students.
To meet the third priority, keeping an MUHS education accessible to qualified, deserving young men, the endowed scholarship fund will be increased to meet the growing financial need of our families. Dollars raised through this campaign will address this current situation:
- Currently, MUHS is only able to meet approximately 62 percent of the financial-aid need as determined by the national-recognized organization Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR).
- For the 2015-16 academic year, FAIR calculated the financial-aid need to MUHS families to be more than $3.5 million, including more than $1 million for the freshman class alone.
- This year, more than 400 students (41 percent of the student body) receives financial aid to attend MUHS (totaling more than $2 million).
- Fourteen percent of MUHS students come from low-income families, with five percent who live at or below the federal poverty level ($24,250 for a family of four).
- Also, 384 families participate in the Smart Tuition program, a tuition payment plan designed to ease the financial burden on families.
The financial need in our community is real, and our current endowed scholarship fund (approximately $31 million as of June 30, 2015) does not generate enough earnings to meet this need.