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Continuing Our Commitment in the Years Ahead

At Fontbonne University, caring for our students and our university community is an extension of what the Sisters of St. Joseph believe: caring for the dear neighbor. We want to ensure this attitude is extended in all aspects of our work.

Alumni Scholarships

Students in this merit scholarship group will have all of tuition and fees covered by scholarship, grant and full direct loan offering. That means, a student would graduate with $27,000 in loans. The inclusion of this loan in combination with scholarship and grant money will cover the cost of tuition and fees for four years. All academic programs at Fontbonne can be completed in four years without need for summer or overload semesters.

As this promise states, there will still be outside expenses the student should be aware of such as books, transportation and living expenses, but they won’t receive a bill from the institution regarding their attendance.

In the future, we hope to expand this program to include all admissible students and decrease the loan expectation so we can provide a clearer path for all. We believe this first step starts the conversation for access in and around St. Louis. If we can start to provide a clear path for these students, we can start combatting the achievement and opportunity gaps that currently exist. We welcome all institutions to join in this promise to lift those closest to us.

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Catholic Identity

Fontbonne University “is committed to the common good through the daily pursuit of transformative education, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically, act ethically and serve responsibly.” And the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet – known as CSJs – are still honored and upheld on our campus to this day.

Our commitment to these values comes to life through a variety of efforts on campus. Campus Ministry welcomes students of all faith backgrounds to grow spiritually. Mission Integration sponsors programming that brings social justice topics to life. And a new university chaplain, Father Speratus Kamanzi, A.J., and director of mission stewardship, Sister Linda Markway, CSJ, help bring our commitment to service and inclusion full circle.

For more information on how to become involved or to make a gift, please contact Sister Linda Markway, CSJ, at lmarkway@fontbonne.edu or (314) 889-4726.

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Chaplain

Father Speratus Kamanzi has restored Fontbonne University’s Office of Chaplain. Mission is essential, says Father Kamanzi, and even in small community like Fontbonne, we can benefit from learning about and respecting others.

“We are all missionaries,” he says. “If we shake hands with someone else, we promote diversity, and we can have a community where we respect each other. It’s an inclusive religious experience.”

Father Kamanzi celebrates Mass twice a week on campus and serves as a spiritual guide for students, faculty and staff. As a professor, he instructs religious and theological courses at Fontbonne.

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the first three years of Father Kamanzi’s ministry has been fully funded. We currently seek additional support to sustain this position well into our future.

For more information, please contact Sr. Linda Markway

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Fontbonne Day

Fontbonne Day is an annual day of service for students, faculty and staff to give back to the community.

As part of our mission to serve the dear neighbor without distinction, Fontbonne Day is an opportunity for more than 350 Griffins to volunteer with more than 20 community organizations in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Each year, our volunteers plant gardens, collect clothing, serve and prepare meals and assist with administrative work. Our partners have included St. Patrick’s Center, Guardian Angel Settlement House, House of the Living Stone Community Garden, Open Door Animal Sanctuary, Delta Gamma Center for Children with Visual Impairments, Lydia’s House, the International Institute and many, many more.

Questions

Contact Heather Rich, Associate Vice President for Advancement, at hrich@fontbonne.edu or (314) 719-3604.

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