Trustee Match Met!
Current and former members of the Board of Trustees generously joined together to match donations to the Father Sweeney Fund for Emergency Financial Aid!
Inspired by the generous response to the initial $40,000 match, Board Chair Jim Slattery '86 and his wife, Betsy, offered to match an additional $25,000 in gifts to the Father Sweeney Fund!
Make My Gift to the Father Sweeney Fund
The Father Sweeney Fund provides emergency financial aid to students who are at risk of withdrawing because of unexpected family hardship. In these unprecedented times, the Father Sweeney Fund has emerged as a saving grace for our students.
History of the Fr. Sweeney Fund
The Very Rev. James P. Sweeney, S.J. was Provincial of the Society of Jesus in 1942 when the Bishop invited the Jesuits to assume administration of the University. It was a time of great uncertainty for the nation and for higher education, with college enrollments dropping dramatically due to enlistments and the draft. Even so, Fr. Sweeney accepted the invitation, saying, “…acceptance of your invitation is of course a challenge in these abnormal times, when all colleges are facing a crisis…However, St. Ignatius was never one to run away from a difficult proposition, and we are supposed to imitate his example.”
Inspired by this example of hope and faith, the University established the James P. Sweeney, S.J., Family Outreach Fund in the late 2000s, when the recession left many students unable to meet tuition payments. This fund has continued to be a beacon of hope, helping Scranton students stay enrolled after encountering unexpected financial hardship.