Cristo Rey Network Announces College Success Fund Recipients

September 12, 2018 - The Cristo Rey Network announced school recipients for Wave I of the 2018 Kenneth Hutchinson College Success Fund.

Today, the Cristo Rey Network announced school recipients for Wave I of the 2018 Kenneth Hutchinson College Success Fund, which supports increased college counseling and alumni advisor personnel through new, full time positions.

Seven Cristo Rey schools join 13 additional schools that have benefited from this two-year grant, since the Fund's inception in 2016. 2018 Wave I recipients include: Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School, Cristo Rey Boston High School, DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, Cristo Rey High School Sacramento, and Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School.

In 2016, The Wilson Sheehan Foundation generously invested $2.4 million to fuel the Cristo Rey Network's College Initiatives 360 program, an ambitious and multipronged approach to improving college access, match, persistence, and completion for Cristo Rey students and graduates. The Wilson Sheehan Foundation's support has been instrumental in equipping Cristo Rey schools with the resources and tools to bolster their college-going cultures and their support for Cristo Rey Network graduates to and through college. These initiatives increase the momentum toward realizing the Cristo Rey Network's goal of 58% college completion for Cristo Rey graduates, thus fulfilling comparable expected graduation rates for children from high-income families.

About the Wilson Sheehan Foundation:
Started by Chris and Lorraine (Sheehan) Wilson in 2012, the Wilson Sheehan Foundation exists to help advance lasting, positive change in the world. With the belief that strong families build strong communities, the Foundation's goal is to empower women and children to achieve their full potential. The Wilson Sheehan Foundation believes that education is the gateway to a better life and stronger communities.

About Kenneth Hutchinson (1981-2017): Ken Hutchinson was a highly committed national voice on college access, specializing in strengthening admission to college for under-represented young people. Ken joined the Network in September 2015 as the Director of College Initiatives, providing support to college counselors and alumni advisors and all Network programming focused on improving Cristo Rey students' college match, access, and persistence outcomes.

Prior to joining Cristo Rey, he served Urban Prep Academies for nine years as a founding counselor and Director of College Counseling Programs. A first-generation college student and native Chicagoan, Ken earned a Bachelor's of Science in Education and Social Policy and a Masters in Communication from Northwestern University. He also obtained a certificate from Harvard University's Institute for Urban School Leaders in 2012.

The loss to Ken's family, to the important work he led, and to the entire Cristo Rey family is immeasurable. The legacy of Ken's accomplishments and his gift of self to his family will remain with the Cristo Rey Network and all those who knew and loved him.