Why We Do What We Do

These personal stories from students at Jesuit institutions throughout the country are representative of the success of federal student aid programs. Click below for select examples from a small group of schools. Each AJCU institution is proud to host hundreds of students receiving financial aid.

Success Stories

Juan Duran is a senior at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, studying Natural Science. Upon graduation he plans to attend medical school. He graduated from Mount Saint Michael Academy in Spring 2007 and began his studies at Fordham University that summer. As a freshman, he was chosen to attend the National Student Leadership Conference, and in 2008 was selected to participate in a six-week Summer Medical and Dental Program at Yale University. Most recently, Juan traveled to New Orleans in Spring 2010 with Fordham’s Global Outreach program. In 2010, Juan also completed the Summer Research Program at the University of Albany; this same year he received a Certificate of Merit during his completion of the CSTEP Internship Program with College of Optometry at the State University of New York. An active volunteer and advocate, Juan has served as an Ambassador for the Mentoring in Medicine Community Health, where he helps to promote healthy lifestyles among the Harlem population, and has worked as a tutor for the College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) at the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University. Juan is the youngest of five children; three of his sisters are college graduates. Despite his parent’s separation in 1993, Juan still maintains contact with his father and attributes his academic success to his family’s support. Juan receives a Pell grant, SEOG, FWS, Stafford Loans, University assistance and NY state aid.

Norsy Jimenez is a senior at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, studying Sociology. Upon graduation she plans to pursue studies in the School of Social Work. She graduated from Aquinas High School in Spring 2007 and began her studies at Fordham that summer. In 2008 she was chosen to attend the National Student Leadership Conference. Norsy has worked as both a tutor for the College Science and Technology Program (CSTEP) at Fordham University and as a paid intern at Fordham Bedford Housing CORP since Fall 2009. Most recently, Norsy was accepted into the Social Work Program at Fordham, a highly competitive dual major program in which undergraduates complete graduate courses and a 600-hours year-long field practicum and seminar in combination with the requirements of another major. An only child, in November 2010 Norsy’s mother lost her battle to breast cancer for which she was diagnosed in 1999. Throughout this difficult time Norsy persevered in her endeavors and maintained good academic standing. Norsy could not attend Fordham had it not been for receiving a Pell grant, SEOG, FWS, institutional aid, and NY state grants.